ERIC Number: ED226109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun-5
Results from a National Survey of Crafts Membership Organizations. Final Report.
Citro, Constance F.; And Others
As a beginning step in research on the number, kinds, and characteristics of craftspersons ("crafts-artists") in the United States, a study was made of crafts organizations and their memberships. The survey was conducted to gather information that would permit designing a cost-effective and representative sample survey of individual crafts-artists belonging to organizations and to provide a descriptive picture of the full range of crafts membership organizations and their role in the crafts world. A questionnaire was designed and sent to a preliminary list of 2,400 supposed crafts membership organizations. After elimination of respondents who were not from crafts membership groups, about 1,200 authentic organizations were identified. From these, 947 completed the questionnaires. As a result of the survey, it was estimated that about 375,000 craftspersons live in the United States, with a large proportion located in the East-North-Central region and a smaller proportion in the Pacific region. Findings show that more than 60 percent of the organizations are general crafts organizations, while of those whose members work in the same medium, nearly two-thirds are organizations of fiber artists. Fiber is the primary medium of 38 to 48 percent of the groups. Other media vary by geographical areas of members. Crafts membership organizations are small, averaging about 90 members with only 3 percent of the organizations having 2,000 or more members. Based on the information gained in this survey, recommendations were made to conduct a national survey of individual craftspersons; factors to be considered include geographic area, media in which persons work, organization membership size, sample size, and sample selection. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents see CE 034 528 and CE 034 530.