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Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 1985: [United States] (ICPSR 6442)

Principal Investigator(s): National Endowment for the Arts


This data collection offers information on Americans' participation in the arts, including ballet, opera, plays, museums, and concerts, during 1985. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and conducted by the United States Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, this survey was a supplement to a larger national survey, the National Crime Survey (NCS). Data are provided for all household members aged 12 and older (excluding crew members of merchant vessels, armed forces personnel living in military barracks, and institutionalized persons) in sampled households. Respondents were asked about their past-year participation in, and frequency of attending, art performances and events in the following categories: jazz music, classical music, opera, musicals, plays (nonmusical), ballet, other dance, art museums, arts-crafts fairs, and historical park/design sites. Reasons for nonparticipation were also collected. Additionally, demographic information including age, sex, race, marital status and education level is available.

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Study Description


National Endowment for the Arts. SURVEY OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTS, 1985: [UNITED STATES]. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06442.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06442.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1985

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985

Universe:    All housing units and other living quarters in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The first 324 columns contain NCS data.


Sample:    Stratified, multistage, cluster sample, designed for the sole purpose of producing national estimates.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-03-16

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