Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (ICPSR 36540)

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Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education

This is an external resource to which ICPSR links as a courtesy. These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners (via Strategic National Arts Alumni Project ) directly for details on obtaining these resources.


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.

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: More details about the funding for SNAAP can be found here.

For additional details, data users can contact SNAAP staff.

The purpose of SNAAP is to gather information in order to benefit arts training institutions, policy makers and arts leaders, as well as parents and students considering intensive arts training and provide a national profile of how artists prepare for their careers.

SNAAP administers a web-based survey that collects data from alumni through questions that make use of drop-down menus and check boxes. Institutions who choose to participate provide alumni contact information to SNAAP through a secure interface, and alumni receive a personalized invitation (sent by SNAAP) from their institution to participate in the study.

Alumni are convenience sampled from institutions who choose to participate in the survey.

Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

arts alumni in the United States

individual, arts program
aggregate data, survey data