- Self-reported attendance of cultural activities surveyed by the CTSIP showed decreases from 2006 to 2008 and has remained relatively consistent since.
- Region-wide, attendance of live performances is down 10% since 2004.
Survey Question: During the last year, how many times did you attend a local museum/ local performance of live entertainment/ outdoor festival or special event focusing on arts or culture?
- Region-wide, the perception of “many” arts opportunities was steadily increasing until a slight decrease in 2010. In 2008, as in all previous survey years, county urbanicity directly relates to “many” arts opportunities – ranging from 58% of Travis respondents to under 10% in Burnet and Caldwell counties.
Survey Question: Think about the availability of the arts in your community. Do you think there are many, quite a few, a small number, or almost no opportunities to attend a local museum/ local performance of live entertainment/ outdoor festival or special event focusing on arts or culture.
Personal Influence of the Arts
- In 2010, three of four Central Texans believe the arts play at least a minor role in their lives.
- Fewer respondents in Caldwell and Burnet counties indicated arts playing a major role in their life, and also a higher likelihood of arts having no role at all.
Survey Question: Would you say arts activities play a major role, minor role, or no role in your life?
- In 2010, just under 45% of Central Texans reported actively participating in some form of artistic expression with no statistical difference across counties or age groups.
- Over 30% of these cite their preferred form as singing or playing music.
Survey Question: Do you actively participate in any forms of artistic expression such as acting, dance, painting, playing an instrument, woodworking, quilting or writing?