ERIC Number: ED206521
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Leisure Participation in the South: Volume I--Results. Final Report.
Orend, Richard J.
This document describes and presents the results of a study undertaken to determine the nature of popular interest in and demand for cultural and artistic activities in 13 southern states. The general objective of the study was to provide information to policy makers on public opinion regarding the relative merits of "elitist activities" (high cultural activities such as attending operas and symphonies) and "popular activities" (a broader range of art and leisure-related activities, such as camping) to the development of policy on the arts. A more specific objective was to aid the National Endowment for the Arts and the various executive and legislative agencies providing support for Endowment activities to make practical decisions about the kinds of cultural and artistic activities which should be supported. Data regarding types of leisure/arts related activities which are currently pursued and are likely to be pursued in the future were collected in a self-administered mail survey of a probability sample for the 13 southern states. A total of 3,196 questionnaires was delivered to potential respondents and 1,684 questionnaires were returned completed. The structural and historical analyses of data indicated that respondents felt a general desire to increase participation in art/leisure activities and that more respondents expressed a desire to increase activities such as camping than expressed a desire to increase activities such as opera and symphony attendance. Conclusions are that the demand for increased participation in each activity generally follows current participation patterns and that historical participation levels are the best predictors of future participation. Tables of data are included throughout the text. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.