A Conversation about the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

On December 10, 2009, the Arts Endowment hosted a three-hour roundtable discussion about the the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation's largest and most representative study of adults' arts participation habits. Representatives of national arts service organizations, regional arts organizations, and NEA discipline directors and senior staff participated.

This report describes U.S. adult arts participation in 2008. It shows attendance at live arts events (such as concerts, plays, and dance performances), as well as the number and percentage of adults visiting art museums and reading literature. The survey also investigates arts participation through broadcast and recorded media, the Internet, and personal participation such as singing in choirs or...