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Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 1992: [United States] (ICPSR 6443)

Principal Investigator(s): National Endowment for the Arts


This data collection offers information on Americans' participation in the arts, such as ballet, opera, plays, museums, and concerts, during 1992. 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. New questions added in the 1992 survey concerned the use of video cassette recorders (VCRs), various dance forms other than ballet, and different types of popular music. In general, the 1992 survey asked more varied and detailed questions about arts participation.

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Study Description


National Endowment for the Arts. SURVEY OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN THE ARTS, 1992: [UNITED STATES]. Washington, DC: National Endowment for the Arts [producer], 1993. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06443.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06443.v1

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Scope of Study

Time Period:   

  • 1992

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992

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

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) The first 280 columns contain NCS data. (2) The weight variables have been calculated to be used with the sample of respondents that are 18 years of age or older only (approximately 13,000 of the 18,775 respondents in this data collection).


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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