State-Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2012-2015) [United States] (ICPSR 36464)

Principal Investigator(s): National Endowment for the Arts


The State-Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2012-2015) highlights selected arts-participation rates for all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. These summary statistics were derived from the following studies: ANNUAL ARTS BASIC SURVEY, 2015 [UNITED STATES]; ANNUAL ARTS BASIC SURVEY, 2014 [UNITED STATES]; and SURVEY OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTS (SPPA), 2012 [UNITED STATES].

The following tables are provided:

  • Tables 1 and 1a-1d - Events Attended: Reports AABS 2015 data on attendance at visual and performing arts events.

    Includes - attending a live music, theater, or dance performance; attending a live book reading, poetry, or storytelling event; going to see an art exhibit; going to a movie; and touring/visiting buildings, neighborhoods, parks, or monuments for their historical, architectural, or design value.

  • Table 2 - Literature Read: Shows AABS 2015 data on literary-reading rates.

    Includes - reading novels, short stories, poems, or plays.

  • Table 3 - Performed or Created Artworks: Shows AABS 2014 data on personal performance and creation of artworks.

    Includes - making pottery, ceramics or jewelry; making leatherwork, metalwork, or woodwork; making weaving, crocheting, or other textile art; playing a musical instrument; acting; performing or practicing dance; doing social dancing; performing or practicing singing; creating films or videos; taking photographs for artistic purposes; creating other visual arts (e.g., paintings, sculpture, or graphic design; and doing creative writing.

  • Table 4 - Arts Consumed via Electronic Media: Features SPPA 2012 data on arts consumption via electronic media.

    Includes - Use TV, Radio, and/or the Internet to watch, listen to, and/or download any: jazz; Latin, Spanish, or salsa music; classical music; opera; rock, pop, country, folk, rap, or hip-hop; musicals or stage plays; ballet, modern, or contemporary dance; other dance programs or shows; programs about visual arts such as painting, sculpture, graphic design, or photography; programs or information about books or writers, or other books, short stories, or poetry read out loud.

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Study Description


National Endowment for the Arts. State-Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2012-2015) [United States]. ICPSR36464-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-09-06.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    artists, arts, arts attendance, arts audiences, arts participation, dance, entertainment, films, Internet, jazz, leisure, literature, media use, museums, music, musicians, opera, parks, performing arts, radios, reading, reading habits, recreation, recreational reading, sculptors, television, theater, visual arts

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (state), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Time Period:   

  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2012

Universe:    U.S. adults

Data Type(s):    aggregate data

Data Collection Notes:

Data tables in Excel files are available through NADAC (click on "Other" in the Dataset(s) section). For more information about these state tables, as well as background information on the AABS, please refer to the NEA's Arts Data Profile #11 (State-Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2012-2015)) and Arts Data Profile #10 (Results from the Annual Arts Basic Survey (AABS)).

Information on data collection and sampling of underlying data for each table can be found through the following ICPSR studies:

Each of the state arts-participation estimates reported in these tables has an associated coefficient of variation (CV) of less than 30 percent--the U.S. Census Bureau's criterion for "stable" estimates. This does not mean, however, that state estimates can be ranked. For many states, the standard errors of the estimates are too large to reliably assign rankings.

For more details, users are encouraged to read the supporting documentation for the data tables.


Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Restrictions: Users of the data must agree to the Terms of Use presented on the NADAC Web site and available through the link in each PDF document.


Original ICPSR Release:   2016-08-30

Version History:

  • 2016-09-06 The PDF report documentation has been updated with the latest version of the map book sent by the PI.


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