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.
This data challenges the notion that arts participation is in decline, instead suggesting that Californians are engaging in art in new ways and places — a reflection of emerging technologies, expectations, and cultural norms. Report findings point to questions and opportunities for nonprofit arts organizations, funders, and sector leaders to boost their relevance to the state’s increasingly diverse and changing population and to bring the benefit of the arts to all Californians.
Read blog posts from thought leaders in the arts about The Cultural Lives of Californians Report and its implications on the field.
Arts and culture deeply affect the quality of our lives and influence how we live together. They strengthen our ability to imagine, to empathize and to see from another perspective. Arts experiences represent an indispensable resource given the diverse and increasingly isolated lives we lead.
Earlier this year, the NEA announced “new indices of arts participation” in a research report based on the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The indices covered a broader range of arts activities than the Arts Endowment typically had reported in the past. This new reporting capability came about for two reasons.
I share this anecdote because I recently reviewed the findings from a very good study commissioned by the Irvine Foundation—The Cultural Lives of Californians, undertaken by the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
If you’ve read a study about arts participation in the United States in the past few years, it’s a fair bet that it was authored, co-authored, or influenced by Jennifer Novak-Leonard. The University of Chicago researcher has maintained a breathtaking pace of output recently... (Photo by Florent Lemieux)