New Data on the Value and Impact of the Arts in American Life: The General Social Survey with Arts Module, 2016


A family looks at art in a museumThe National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture is pleased to announce the release of the General Social Survey with Arts Module, 2016. The data are now available for download and online analysis on our website.

The General Social Survey is the single best source for sociological and attitudinal trend data covering the United States. It contains a standard core of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, including topics of special interest such as civil liberties, crime and violence, intergroup tolerance, morality, national spending priorities, psychological well-being, social mobility, and stress and traumatic events.

Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Module asked if the respondent attended various performances or exhibits, with whom they attended, if there was a cost to attend, and factors that impacted the decision to attend or not attend. The merged data also include demographic information including age, sex, race, and income. To learn more about the 2016 GSS with Arts Module, please visit the study home page.

Aug 19, 2020

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