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NEA Releases Key Findings of 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

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Sep 27, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts' Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) is  the nation's largest population survey of arts participation trends. The 2012 survey asked a nationally representative sample of adults ages 18 and older if they had participated in five broad categories of arts activity in the past year: attending, reading, learning, making/sharing art, and consuming art via electronic media.

This initial analysis of the 2012 SPPA was released in late September. It shows that large segments of the U.S. adult population reported taking part in at least one kind of arts activity. A closer look at the data reveals subtle shifts in demographic and behavioral patterns that occurred since 2008, the previous survey year. Next year, the NEA will release a full report with in-depth findings including more geographic and demographic details for arts engagement among U.S. adults.

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