Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Arts attendance & participation

Prepared by Decima Research Inc. for the Department of Canadian Heritage
This report shows that over 9.1 million Canadians 15 years of age or older, or 37.6% of Canadians in this age range, attended a live, professional performing arts event in 1998.
This report, peppered with highlights of various museums' educational offerings, summarizes survey responses from 376 museums concerning their contributions to the education of Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in the U.S. in 2000-01.
This discussion paper, prepared for a June conference in London (U.K.), argues that more attention must be paid to "the fundamental contribution that cultural institutions can make to our quality of life at the deepest level", rather than instrumental arguments based on the economic, social, psychological, personal and civic impacts of the arts.
Based on three sources – NEA applications, a Unified Database of Arts Organizations and the economic census – this report paints a statistical portrait of the changing situation of American dance companies (not independent dancers) between 1987 and 1997.
Released with much fanfare, The Value of the Performing Arts in Five Communities demonstrates that, in terms of public participation, the arts are alive and well in Alaska, Cincinnati, Denver, Pittsburgh and Seattle.
Two NEA Research Notes based on the 2002 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) examine participation in the arts and demographic characteristics of arts attendees. The report on overall participation in the arts shows that 76% of all Americans – or 157 million Americans 18 or older – participated in the arts in some way in 2001/02. This figure is strikingly similar to an equivalent Canadian figure...
The Phase 1 Report of Orchestras Canada's "Soundings" project summarizes qualitative interviews conducted mainly with musicians, staff, board members and Music or Artistic Directors from 11 orchestras regarding the state of and future prospects for Canada's orchestras.
This paper contends that the lack of growth in classical concert attendance in the UK and the US is not due to the cost and accessibility of events or a decline in arts education, but rather to changes in taste and socio-demographics.