ARTS SURVEY: Participation, Perceptions & Prospects

The vitality, quality and visibility of the arts will help determine Houston’s success in coming years, according to the 2012 Houston Arts Survey – a dynamic look at Harris County residents’ attitudes and experiences with regard to the area’s arts offerings and opportunities. The survey was released on September 25, 2012 at a conference hosted by the Kinder Institute featuring two panels of local, regional and national arts leaders.

For a more in-depth look at the survey and conference, please take a look at downloadable materials below.


The Houston Arts Survey: Participation, Perceptions and Prospects(PDF)

Press Release (PDF)


Challenges and Opportunities for the Arts – Key findings from the Houston Arts Survey, presented by Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg(9/25/2012) Watch the presentation here.Panel I - Morphing the Model: Changing Demographics and the Arts

Panel II - Planning for the Future: A Message for HoustonStrategic National Arts Alumni Project – Tracking the Lives and Careers of Arts Graduates, presented by Dr. Douglas Dempster(10/30/2012) Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative, presented by Laura Perille(10/30/2012) Cultural Planning and the Greater Houston Region, presented by Joy Bailey Bryant(10/30/2012) Watch the panel discussion here.

Watch the panel discussion here.

Data File

Click here to download the variable list

  Data are available upon request. Please complete the data request form and send it to

Arts Survey Topics

Click here to download the set of questions used in the SHEA Arts Survey

Here are the categories of questions asked in the Houston Arts Survey.

  1. Free-time activities
  2. Arts attendance
    • Reasons for attending arts and cultural events.
    • Reasons for not attending arts and cultural events.
  3. Participation in the arts through new media
  4. Arts practice and learning
  5. Importance of the arts for Houston
  6. Arts philanthropy
  7. Arts and cultural differences
  8. Arts education
  9. Arts funding
  10. Support for public policy intitiatives.
  11. Personal attributes
    • Family circumstances
    • Socioeconomic status
    • Migration patterns
    • Religion and politics