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Participation in the Arts

Participation in the Arts

Arts Attendance

  • 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.
Arts Attendance

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?

Arts Opportunities

  • 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.
Arts Opportunities

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.
Personal Influence of the Arts

Survey Question: Would you say arts activities play a major role, minor role, or no role in your life?

Arts Participation

  • 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.
Arts Participation

Survey Question: Do you actively participate in any forms of artistic expression such as acting, dance, painting, playing an instrument, woodworking, quilting or writing?

CURRENT STATE

Formal arts participation is declining slightly even as the perception of arts as an active part of a person’s life appears strong.

IDEAL STATE

Central Texas communities provide all people exceptional opportunities for and easy access to artistic and cultural activities of their choice.

CONTEXT

Access and exposure to cultural events have many benefits besides economic development. Active participation in the arts can spur personal creativity, enrich our social lives,and enhance overall well-being.

With the desire for a vibrant arts community comes the need to support local events, affordable housing options, and arts programs in the schools.

ADDITIONAL MEASURES

Perception of Quality of Cultural Activities