This report presents findings from the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation, a new study commissioned by The James Irvine Foundation and conducted by researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago. The Cultural Lives of Californians: Insights from the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation reframes the conversation about arts participation and provides extraordinary insights on the critical role that arts nonprofits can play in communities.
A Closer Look at Arts Engagement in California: Insights from the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
Every four years, the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Census Bureau partner to survey tens of thousands of adults across the country in an attempt to understand how people participate in the arts. Using data from the most recent survey–2012's Survey of Public Participation in the Arts–the James Irvine Foundation partnered with NORC to take a closer look at arts engagement in California.
In 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts partnered with NORC's General Social Survey to ask why people attend arts events. This new report looks beyond demographics to discover the attitudes, motivations, and barriers for attending the arts at different life stages.