Arts at Large
This report is the first annual update of the National Arts Index. The National Arts Index, created by Americans for the Arts, is a highly‐distilled measure of the health and vitality of arts in the U.S. It is composed of 81 equal weighted, national‐level indicators of arts and culture activity that covers a 12‐year period, from 1998 to 2009. Each indicator is updated annually and a new report is produced.
PARC, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a collaborative project that seeks to improve the way performing arts organizations gather information. The process is being developed in ten cities and involves four types of data collection: administrative data, audience surveys, subscriber surveys, and household surveys.
CPANDA is the world's first interactive digital archive of policy-relevant data on the arts and cultural policy in the United States. It is a collaborative effort of Princeton University's Firestone Library and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. The Pew Charitable Trusts underwrote the original development of the archive.
Arts and Economic Prosperity
Arts & Economic Prosperity III was conducted by Americans for the Arts to document the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry in 156 communities and regions representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This study demonstrates that communities that invest in the arts reap the additional benefits of jobs, economic growth, and a quality of life. Three Texas cities are included in the study: Abilene, Austin and Houston.
This study examines the impact of the arts on Texas, its regions and its metropolitan areas. It was performed by The Perryman Group for the Texas Cultural Trust in order to raise the awareness of the total contributions of cultural activities within the state; and to offer a perspective on future patterns and prospects.
The 2008 SPPA was conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts. The report describes U.S. adult arts participation in 2008, and shows attendance at live arts events, as well as the number and percentage of adults visiting art museums and reading literature. The survey also investigates arts participation through broadcast and recorded media, the Internet, and personal participation such as singing in choirs or making photographs. The report discusses demographic and geographic differences in arts participation.
This report summarizes the results of a research project aimed at examining arts participation patterns in 12 communities across the U.S. The research involved two major components: the administration of an arts participation survey to randomly selected households in each area and research into the supply of local arts programs and facilities. Survey results for each site were then analyzed in the context of local arts activity levels, uncovering a rich and varied texture behind the statistics.
The 1992 Americans and the Arts was the sixth in a series of studies measuring participation in and attitudes about the arts and arts in education. Previous waves of the study were conducted in 1973, 1975, 1980, 1984, and 1987. Topics include attendance, participation, art and education, funding, individual artists, TV and the arts, children and the arts, and support for the arts.
Arts and Education
This is a searchable database which contains the latest information on arts education state policies and practices. Since 1999, Arts Education Partnership has gathered these data through an annual survey of arts education personnel in state education agencies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
SNAAP is an annual online survey, data management and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education. It is a project of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research in collaboration with the Vanderbilt University Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy. It aims to provide the first national data on how artists develop in this country, help identify the factors needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers and allow education institutions, researchers and arts leaders to look at the systemic factors that helped or hindered the career paths of alumni.
This report identifies broad patterns of arts participation and arts education among the American public and investigates the effects of arts education on arts participation as they apply to all Americans. It explores the contribution arts education makes to people from different backgrounds, the differences between arts education and its influence in private and public schools, and whether arts-specific or general education is a better indicator of active participation in the arts.
In this report, researchers at Harvard’s Project Zero explore the question, “What do arts educators and others think are the key attributes of “quality” in arts learning in K-12?” through interviews, case studies and a literature review. The report includes a set of tools that can assist in making decisions about achieving and sustaining quality arts education.
This “Knowledge in Brief” publication describes recent Wallace-commissioned research on the coordinated efforts in six sites and summarizes the policy implications those efforts have begun to yield.
This Web site in an online community for arts education advocates, focusing on the efforts and successes of local organizations, communities, teachers and leading voices throughout the country who are all working to Keep Arts in Schools! It provides direct and easy access to the tools that will help parents and educators become successful advocates, engage in their community and impact policies that will make sure arts learning reaches all students.
A national survey funded by Douglas Gould & Company and the Ford Foundation to advise on the strategies concerning integration of the arts throughout elementary, middle and high school curricula across the country. It is a two-part study: first, a series of focus groups and then a national survey of 916 adults 18 and older with an oversample of 152 parents of children in kindergarten through twelfth grades.
Arts, Communities, and Quality of Life
The Community Arts Survey was a benchmark study of local residents' opinions about local arts in Pennsylvania. The purpose of the study was to examine interest and awareness in nonprofit arts and cultural activities from several angles, including childhood participation as an artist, student or audience member; adult participation in the same ways or as a parent; barriers to adult participation; attendance at specific local venues.
This paper lays out some of the issues that need to be addressed when thinking about and studying how the arts impact communities, in addition to providing an introduction to the literature on arts impact studies.
AMS Planning & Research was commissioned in 2005 to undertake a Cultural Impact Study for Houston. A broad-based Steering Committee of arts, business, government, civic and education leaders was appointed to provide guidance and feedback to the consultants. The overall goal of the study is to document the impact of arts and culture on the economy, and overall quality of life, in the Houston area.
The American Perceptions of Artists Survey 2002 was a benchmark study of the general public's opinions about the lifestyles and work of artists in the United States. The series consists of a national survey of adults in the continental United States and nine local surveys conducted in the following metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.
In fall 2009, the Opportunity Agenda launched an immigration Arts and Culture Initiative with the goal of fostering arts, culture, and media activities that promote the inclusion, integration, and human rights of immigrants in the United States. The near-term focus of the initiative is to inform, engage, and inspire the creative community and advocates of immigrant inclusion on how they might effectively collaborate with one another to engage key audiences on the issue of national immigration reform. The longer-term goal is to highlight and develop best practices and effective models for the creative community and immigrant advocacy organizations to build public support for immigrant integration and human rights and a funding base for creative collaboration across immigrant integration and human rights issues.
Arts and Religion
This study, designed by Princeton University professor Robert Wuthnow and conducted by the Gallup Organization in Princeton, New Jersey, offers Americans’ attitudes toward the arts; their religious activities, behaviors, beliefs and affiliations; their spiritual (or "uplifting") experiences; their attitudes toward religion and spirituality; the role of the arts in religious contexts; the relationship between art and spirituality; and their involvement in charitable activities.
Arts and Technology
This report describes the demographic characteristics of U.S. adults that participated in the arts via electronic media (e.g., TV, radio, computers and portable media devices) in 2008, based on the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). Separately, the report examines broad categories of arts participation via Internet. The report also investigates factors contributing to the likelihood of some Americans experiencing art through media.
Supply and Demand
Cultivating Demand for the Arts, a new RAND report commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, examines what it means to cultivate demand for the arts, why it is important to do so, and how it can be done through comprehensive arts learning; how well the current institutional infrastructure is providing such learning; and what state arts agencies and other policymakers in the arts and education can do to help build long-term demand for the arts.
Arts Organizations in Houston
Houston Arts Alliance
The Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a 501C3 non-profit arts organization. The mission is to support and promote artistic life in the Houston region through programs, initiatives and alliances. Advancing the nonprofit arts industry in Greater Houston improves the region's quality of life, ensures a competitive economy, and creates an appealing tourist destination.
Society for the Performing Arts
Society for the Performing Arts is the largest nonprofit presenting organization of its kind in the entire Southwest. Each year SPA presents internationally acclaimed artists from the entire performing arts spectrum, traditional to avant-garde alike, from large orchestras and dance companies to recitalists and solo performers, for an entire season of events. Read on for information on the history and mission of the organization.