Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (ICPSR 36540)

Alternate Title:   SNAAP

Principal Investigator(s): Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education


The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is an online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education. This project provides national how artists develop in this country. It identifies factors needed to better connect arts training to artistic careers and allow education institutions, researchers, and arts leaders to look at the systemic factors that helped or hindered the career paths of alumni, whether they have chosen to work as artists or pursue other paths. SNAAP partners with degree-granting institutions to administer the SNAAP survey to arts graduates. SNAAP allows users to view survey findings on over 92,000 arts alumni in America interactively using SnaapShot. The core of SNAAP's work is providing confidential, customized Institutional Reports for institutions that participate in the SNAAP survey. The Institutional Reports present and analyze the responses of a participating institution's arts alumni, as well as customized comparative data from other participating institutions. Also available on the SNAAP website are publicly available "DataBriefs," reports and presentations that present survey findings. Administration of the SNAAP survey began in 2011.

Information gathered through SNAAP benefits arts training institutions, policymakers, and arts leaders, as well as parents and students considering intensive arts training. The information provides the first national profile of how artists prepare in this country and allows for deepened understanding of what constitutes artistic success and contribution. In addition, data gathered through SNAAP can assist government entities, funding organizations and arts leaders in making investment decisions in education, training, and resource allocation. SNAAP is based at the Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education.

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via SNAAP) for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic degrees, arts, arts education, arts organizations, arts programs, college graduates, college students, community involvement, debt, doctoral degrees, doctoral programs, employment, graduate schools, graduate students, higher education, income, job placement, job satisfaction, job skills, loans, masters degrees, masters programs, occupational categories, occupational status, occupations, skills, student loans, universities

Unit of Observation:    individual, arts program

Universe:    arts alumni in the United States

Data Type(s):    aggregate data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data from the SNAAP survey are publicly available for select years including 2011, 2012, and 2013.

SNAAP was started with donations from the Surdna Foundation. Now it is sustained by revenue from participating schools which provides its core support. These funds are supplemented by public and private grants for specific research initiatives. A subset of these funders include: National Endowment for the Arts Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation Houston Endowment Barr Foundation Educational Foundation of America The Cleveland Foundation More details about the funding for SNAAP can be found here.

For additional details, data users can contact SNAAP staff.

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