2015 Local Arts Agency Census, United States (ICPSR 37041)

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Americans for the Arts (Organization); National Endowment for the Arts; Randy I. Cohen, Americans for the Arts; Graciela Kahn, Americans for the Arts; Ben Davidson, Americans for the Arts

https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37041.v2

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The purpose of the 2015 Local Arts Agency (LAA) Census was to characterize the different ways that LAAs perform their vital roles in every community. LAAs share the goals of enabling diverse forms of arts and culture to thrive locally, ensuring broad accessibility to the public, and building healthier communities through the arts.

The census provides details about LAA staffing and oversight, services and programs, partnerships and collaborations in the community, grantmaking, diversity within staff/volunteers/board and diversity in programming, marketing and communications practices, arts education, services for the military, and operating revenues and expenditures, and more. For a more detailed listing of question groups, please refer to the Description of Variables below.

This study contains data from the two forms of the surveys (Full and Abbreviated--a subset of the Full survey). These surveys were distributed online to 4,377 individual Local Arts Agencies in the United States which were known to Americans for the Arts in 2015. A total of 1,127 LAAs responded to the census survey. 641 submitted the Full survey; 486 completed the Abbreviated survey. The overall response rate was 26%.

The data is contained in two separate datasets comprising results from the two surveys. The Full Survey (dataset 1) contains data from the 641 respondents who completed the long survey. The Combined Surveys (dataset 2) contains responses from both the 486 respondents of the abbreviated survey as well the corresponding 641 responses from the full survey for a total of 1,127 respondents. The rate of response from large and mid-sized LAAs was very high, while small and volunteer-driven LAAs were underrepresented in the survey respondents.

Americans for the Arts (Organization), National Endowment for the Arts, Cohen, Randy I., Kahn, Graciela, and Davidson, Ben. 2015 Local Arts Agency Census, United States. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-06-01. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37041.v2

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In 2015, Americans for the Arts partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct The Local Arts Agency Census, the most comprehensive survey of the local arts agency (LAA) field ever conducted. Its purpose was to characterize the diverse roles that LAAs play in ensuring the arts have a vital presence in every community. The LAA Census sheds light on the intricacies of the field, detailing how each LAA conducts its own local services and programs to enable diverse forms of arts and culture to thrive, ensure their broad accessibility to the public and build healthier communities through the arts.

The survey process was designed by a task force of local arts agency, research, and policy leaders to ensure relevance and rigor. The census was composed of both a long-form survey and a short-form survey that were sent to the 4,377 LAAs in the United States known to Americans for the Arts.

A total of 1,127 LAAs responded: 641 submitted the long-form and 486 participated via the short-form with overall response rate was 26 percent. The rate of response from large- and mid-sized LAAs was very high, while small and volunteer-driven LAAs were under-represented in the survey respondents.

The dataset from the full survey contained 1,482 variables, while the dataset from the abbreviated survey contained 79 variables. The data is contained in two separate datasets. The Full Survey (dataset 1) contains data from the 641 respondents who completed the long survey. The Combined Surveys (dataset 2) contains responses from both the 486 respondents of the abbreviated survey as well the subset of corresponding 641 responses from the full survey for a total of 1,127 respondents.

The Census was composed of both a Full survey and an abbreviated version (a subset of Full) survey that were sent to the 4,377 LAAs in the United States that were known in 2015 to the organization, Americans for the Arts.

Cross-sectional

All local arts agencies across the United States known to Americans For The Arts.

Local arts agency
administrative records data, survey data

Variables were grouped into sections:

  • Background information about each agency including oversight/governance, and staff/volunteers
  • Services provided to specific constituencies
  • Diversity of constituencies
  • Partnerships and collaborations
  • Community programming
  • Marketing, communications, and audience development
  • Cultural programming including cultural tourism activities, cultural exchanges and international cultural engagement
  • Arts education and public art activities
  • Cultural districts and management of cultural facilities
  • Community development, building public value, arts advocacy
  • Arts in the military
  • Operating support and revenue including budget history and operating expenditures, and use of dedicated taxes to support the arts
  • Grant-making and other direct financial support to individual artists, organizations, programs, and/or facilities
  • Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of impact
  • Financial Status
  • Looking to the future
  • 26%

    None

    2018-05-31

    2018-06-01 Updated ICPSR codebooks for both data files.

    2018-05-31 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

    • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
    • Created online analysis version with question text.
    • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

    Notes

    • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

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