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

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Not surprisingly, a new report by the NEA finds that traditional arts venues are clustered in urban areas but that looking at “informal arts” offers a more comprehensive measure of arts participation.


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

Announcement made during NEA Chairman’s Art Works Visit to Chelsea, Michigan

March 22, 2010

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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.

Come as You Are: Informal Arts Participation in Urban and Rural Communities is available in print and pdf on the website.

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

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Written by Jeffrey Callen

March 25, 2010 at 10:10 am

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