Survey of Arts and Cultural Organizations  (ICPSR 35240)
Conducted by the Urban Institute, the Survey of Arts and Cultural Organizations  was part of a series of surveys evaluating the Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation (CPCP) initiative. In the CPCP initiative, a total of ten community foundations around the country received grants from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund to induce more people to attend arts and cultural events, encourage people who attend to contribute their time and money as well, and attract people who do not usually attend. The Urban Institute was commissioned to evaluate the initiative through surveys of households and organizations in five of these communities. The Survey of Arts and Cultural Organizations  recorded operating characteristics, performance/exhibition venues, audience expansion and diversification strategies, and organizational partnerships of government or not-for-profit art and culture organizations in five geographic areas: the Kansas City metropolitan area; Humboldt County, California; Silicon Valley, California; Southeastern Michigan; and Boston, Massachusetts. From February 11, 2000 through May 1, 2000, a total of 553 interviews were completed with not-for-profit or government organizations across all five geographic areas.
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Walker, Chris, and Stephanie Scott-Melnyk. Survey of Arts and Cultural Organizations . ICPSR35240-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2015-05-27. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35240.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR35240.v1
This study was funded by:
- Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: advocacy, arts, arts attendance, arts audiences, arts education, arts organizations, arts participation, communities, community organizations, financial support, fundraising, organizations, schools, volunteers
Universe: Not-for-profit or government art and culture organizations in five geographic areas: the Kansas City metropolitan area; Humboldt County, California; Silicon Valley, California; Southeastern Michigan; and Boston, Massachusetts
Data collection for this survey was conducted by ICR/International Communications Research of Media, PA. Funding for this study was provided by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund.
This data collection was previously distributed by the Cultural Policy and the Arts National Data Archive (CPANDA). The CPANDA Identification number (study number) for this data collection is a00219. CPANDA conducted the following processing steps for release of this collection: produced a codebook, checked for undocumented codes, performed consistency checks, provided frequencies, performed recodes, and reformatted the data.
Due to the limit in the number of allowable columns of 256 in Excel 97-2003 (file ending, xls), the Excel file being distributed with this collection is in the later version of Excel (file ending of xlsx).
Study Design: Surveys were sent by mail to government or not-for-profit art and cultural organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area; Humboldt County, California; Silicon Valley, California; Southeastern Michigan; and Boston, Massachusetts. Reminder calls were conducted to achieve a higher response rate. This procedure yielded a total of 553 completed interviews. Organizations selected for inclusion in the survey universe met certain arts-related criteria (see Sampling below for details). The data were collected between February 11 and May 1, 2000.
Sample: Researchers at The Urban Insitute selected arts and cultural organizations through multiple means. All organizations with NTEE codes starting with A (generally the designation for art and culture organizations) were included, except publishers (category A33) unless they were verified as literary ventures. Organizations without NTEE codes were included if the organization's name contained words related to art or culture. Other organizations selected for inclusion were: city/government arts or humanities councils or commissions; libraries, excluding university or presidential; operating foundations; historic societies; public radio and TV stations; "Friends of..." organizations; horticultural groups; arts providers that are separately incorporated units of colleges and universities; zoos and aquariums. Community foundations assisted in assessing whether to include specific questionable organizations and categories.
Description of Variables: This data collection contains variables about operating characteristics, performance/exhibition venues, audience expansion and diversification strategies, and organizational partnerships of government or not-for-profit art and culture organizations in the five geographic areas.
Original ICPSR Release: 2015-05-27
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