ERIC Number: ED378105
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Arts Participation in America: 1982-1992. Research Division Report #27.
Robinson, John P., Comp.
This document presents an analysis of the 1992 nationwide Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the National Endowment for the Arts. Data were collected in household surveys. Respondents were part of a larger continuously rotating panel of adults who were interviewed monthly either by phone or face to face in their homes. Total sample size was 12,736. As most of the questions in the 1992 SPPA had been asked in similar surveys in 1982 and 1985, the report showed comparisons of responses over a decade. New questions concerned use of video cassette recordings (VCR), dance forms other than ballet, and different types of popular music. Following an executive summary of sponsorship, conduct, and principal funding of the survey, the foreword sets forth the purpose, history, uses, and organization of the report. Chapters 1 through 6 look in depth at the major areas of concern: (1) Attendance at Live Performances/Events; (2) Arts Participation through Broadcasting and Recorded Media. (3) Personal Participation in the Arts; (4) Comparisons of Types of Arts Participation; (5) Art Attitudes and Predisposition to the Arts; (6) Related Research; and (7) Summary and Conclusions. Analysis of responses indicated that over the decade 1982-1992 more people in general participated in the arts through attendance at live arts perfomances, events, and museums; through broadcast and recorded media; and by personal performance and creation. Increases were found in the proportions of people who said they liked opera, classical music, jazz, and musical/operetta music. However, reading literature, visits to historic sites, and audience attendance for musicals and plays were down. Eight appendixes provide instruments used in the survey and suggested areas for additional research. (MM)
Descriptors: Adults, Attitude Measures, Audience Participation, Audiences, Films, Fine Arts, Mass Media Use, National Surveys, Radio, Social Science Research, Statistical Studies, Tables (Data), Television Viewing, Theater Arts
Research Division, National Endowment for the Arts, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20506.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC. Research Div.