The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, November 17, 2018

Endowment for the Arts Announces Research on Informal Arts Participation in Rural and Urban Areas

WASHINGTON, DC.- Any serious reckoning of how Americans participate in arts and cultural activities must account for demographic and geographic diversity. Prior National Endowment for the Arts publications, including the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, already have examined the age, race/ethnicity, gender, and education and income status of arts-goers. Another way to understand arts participation is by asking where it takes place. Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities is the NEA's first research publication in several years to examine the "informal arts" -- such as playing a musical instrument, attending an art event at a place of worship, or visiting a craft fair. This finding is part of new research from the NEA, announced today during a visit by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman to Chelsea, Michigan, as part of the NEA's Art Works Tour. The publication provides an analysis of arts participation in rural and urban areas.

"Art works everywhere and this new research helps us to understand the many ways and many places in which people across America experience art in their daily lives," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "I look forward to drawing on this data as we move forward with opportunities for cities and towns to invest in the arts in their communities."

Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities analyzes data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). Among the findings:

Traditional arts venues and institutions such as art museums, galleries, and performing arts centers and companies cluster in urban populations. Eighty-eight percent of nonprofit performing art organizations and art museums are located in urban metropolitan areas, with the top 10 metro areas home to 30 percent of the nonprofit arts institutions. As a result, a third of all urban metro dwellers attended at least one of the main performing arts events tracked by the SPPA (classical music, jazz, or Latin/salsa music performances; opera; musical or non-musical plays; or ballet or other dance). Similarly, 24 percent of urban dwellers visited an art museum or gallery in 2008.

However, an analysis of the "informal arts" offers a more comprehensive measure of arts participation. Informal arts comprise a broad range of "citizen" arts in the forms of folk arts, popular culture, and casual or hobby arts. Informal arts activities captured by the SPPA include: visiting historical parks and neighborhoods, craft fairs, and outdoor performing arts festivals; attending arts events at places of worship and schools; and personal performance and creation of art, such as playing a musical instrument, singing in a choir, or doing creative writing.

When looking at the informal arts, metro and non-metro residents enjoy most of these activities at the same rates.

• In 2008, one in four residents from each type of community -- urban or rural -- visited a historical park or neighborhood or attended an arts and craft fair; one in five adults from both communities went to an outdoor performing arts festival.

• Twenty percent of both urban and rural dwellers attended a music, theater, or dance performance at a place of worship.

• Urban and rural dwellers played musical instruments at the same rate -- 13 percent. Nine percent of each group created paintings, drawings, or sculptures. Two percent performed dance.

• There are two notable exceptions: rural residents were more likely to sing in choirs, sew, weave, crochet, or quilt. Urban dwellers were more likely than rural dwellers to create photography, videos, or films for artistic purposes.

The 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts is the nation's largest and most representative periodic study of adult participation in arts events and activities, conducted by the NEA in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. Five times since 1982, the survey has asked U.S. adults 18 and older about their patterns of arts participation over a 12-month period.

National Endowment for the Arts | Rocco Landesman | Survey of Public Participation in the Arts |

Today's News

March 23, 2010

Johann Sebastian Bach Archive Center in Leipzig Reopens After Two Years of Renovation

Photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe Donated to Italian Museums

Major 20th-Century Works Enter Cantor Arts Center Collection

Mark S. Siegel Elected to Succeed Louise Bryson as Chair of Getty Board

Claremont Rug Company to Exhibit "Awe-Inspiring" Collection

Installation of Spiders Weaving Stars by Tomas Saraceno in Italy

New York City's Newest Art Space Opens With Rauzier 'Hyperphotos' Exhibition

Ship Bell from Lord Louis Mountbatten's HMS Kelly for Sale at Bonhams

New Works on Paper by Marine Hugonnier Inaugurate Max Wigram Gallery

SFMOMA to Offer a Fresh Look at Seminal 1975 Photography Exhibition

Documents Concerning Auschwitz Guards Found at a Nearby House

Romanesque Sculptures by Tacita Dean at Museo Reina Sofia

Design and the Art of Reduction at the Vitra Design Museum

Bonhams New York Presents An Important Private Maritime Collection This Spring

PAFA's Board of Trustees Approves Design Concepts for Lenfest Plaza

Curious George Saves the Day at the Jewish Museum

Field Museum Archaeologists Amend the Written History of China's First Emperor

Daniel Sheehy Named Director of Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Endowment for the Arts Announces Research on Informal Arts Participation in Rural and Urban Areas

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- TEFAF New York Fall 2018 opens to strong attendance and robust sales

2.- Christie's announces auction of Magnificent Jewels and the concurrent Jewels Online Auction

3.- French court finds Jeff Koons guilty of plagiarism

4.- Papers of the exiled Stuart kings published online for the first time

5.- New exhibition explores relationship between British and Russian royal dynasties

6.- Wes Anderson presents box of 'treasures' from Viennese vaults

7.- Bonhams and Turner Classic Movies present...The Dark Side of Hollywood

8.- Hopper, de Kooning, Gorky and Stella hit new auction records in New York

9.- Old Master? Cave paintings from 40,000 years ago are world's earliest figurative art

10.- Cat mummies, animal statues discovered in Egypt sarcophagi

Related Stories

Alyce Myatt Appointed as the National Endowment for the Arts New Director of Media Arts

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman Announces $3 Million in Grants

Six Hundred Museums Offer Military Families Free Admission

NEA Announces the Second Round of FY2010 National Endowment for the Arts Grants

Arts Survey Finds Drop in Movie, Museum Attendance

Rocco Landesman Announces Indiana Arts Commission as Recipient of 2009 National Accessibility Leadership Award

National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Director of State and Regional Partnerships

Rocco Landesman Announces "Art Works" Tour, First Stop: Illinois

Rocco Landesman Confirmed as Tenth Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

NEA to Convene National Summit on Careers in the Arts for People With Disabilities

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

Check out for a range of beautifully designed online slot games.

Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful