ERIC Number: ED257745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Americans and the Arts 1984: Highlights from a Nationwide Survey of Public Opinion.
Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
Highlights of a nationwide public opinion survey concerning the interest and involvement of Americans in the arts are summarized. Telephone interviews were conducted with 1,504 adults. Results showed that the arts are indisputably a part of the mainstream of American life. Because Americans have limited leisure time, the arts must increasingly compete with other leisure industries for attention. Despite this, Americans continue to turn out for most arts presentations in ever-increasing numbers, although lately the rate of arts attendance and participation has been slower than in the late 1970's. Even though over 90 percent believe that to see a live performance is more meaningful and exciting than watching it on television, both television and videocassette recordings present a growing challenge to the arts. Americans show a firm commitment to the arts and view them as a source of deep individual satisfaction. They want more arts facilities and presentations, and are willing to finance the arts at every government level. There is high public commitment to keeping the arts as an integral part of the school curriculum. (RM)
Descriptors: Art Education, Arts Centers, Attendance, Cultural Activities, Cultural Centers, Dance Education, Educational Needs, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Fine Arts, Leisure Time, Majority Attitudes, Music Education, National Surveys, Participation, Public Opinion, Public Support, Recreation, Television, Trend Analysis, Videotape Cassettes, Videotape Recorders
American Council for the Arts, Publications Department, 570 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10018 ($3.00; quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Philip Morris Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harris (Louis) and Associates, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Survey conducted by the National Research Center for the Arts, an affiliate of Louis Harris and Associates. For full survey, see SO 016 559.