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Finding Data: Data on Art, Culture, & Leisure


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    Art, Culture, & Leisure - Non USA ::

  • aDvANCE Project [2003]
    Sample surveys of current and former dancers in United States, Australia, and Switzerland.

  • Alliance for Audited Media (formerly Audit Bureau of Circulations)
    PDF reports of circulation statistics for newspapers, journals, and web publications. Princeton also has periodical geographic/circulation for spring 1999, spring 2004, 2014 as well as newspaper/geographic circulation for Spring 1999, Fall 2000, 2001-Spring 2015. Open ICPSR has "Circulation of US Daily Newspapers, 1924".

  • Amazon product data
    Contains product reviews and metadata from Amazon, including 143.7 million reviews spanning May 1996 - July 2014. Includes reviews (ratings, text, helpfulness votes), product metadata (descriptions, category information, price, brand, and image features), and links (also viewed/also bought graphs).

  • American Perceptions of Artists Survey (2002)
    Benchmark study of the general public's opinions about the lifestyles and work of artists in the United States. Consists of a national survey of adults in the continental United States and 9 local surveys conducted in the following metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

  • American Symphony Orchestra Repertoires 1842-1970

  • American Time Use Survey (2003+)
    Collects information on how people living in the United States spend their time. Estimates show the kinds of activities people do and the time spent doing them by sex, age, educational attainment, labor force status, and other characteristics, as well as by weekday and weekend day. Also see the extract builder for quick cross tabulations (free registration is required). Also found on ICPSR. From 2006-2008, an Eating and Health Module included statistics on time spent in eating and drinking activities, grocery shopping, and meal preparation for the population age 15 and older and for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program). Data are also presented on measures of the health status (such as Body Mass Index, or BMI) of the population by time spent in various activities. 2010, 2012, and 2013 included a Well-Being module which contains information related to how people felt during selected activities, as well as general health information. Also see the American Time Use Survey Data Extract Builder. Also see the American Heritage Time Use Survey Extract Builder which includes surveys from 1965, 1975, 1985, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2003+.

  • Americans and the Arts
    Series of 5 studies conducted between 1973 and 1992. Measures participation in and attitudes about the arts and arts in education.

  • Annual Arts Basic Survey (2013+)
    Comprised of responses from 2 sets of survey questionnaires, the basic Current Population Survey (CPS) and a survey administered as a supplement to the February basic CPS questionnaire. The supplement, on the topic of public participation in the arts in the United States, was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to the basic CPS questions, the February Annual Arts Basic Survey (AABS) questions were asked of the CPS respondent and spouse as well as another randomly selected household member aged 18 or older and his/her spouse. About one-quarter of the sampled households were asked the supplement questions. Interview numbers 3 and 7 were asked the supplement questions. If the selected person had a spouse or partner then questions were also asked of the spouse/partner. The supplement contained questions about the sampled member's participation in various artistic activities. Questions were asked about the type of artistic activity attended including attending a live music, theater, or dance performance. Questions also included attending a live book reading or a poetry or storytelling event, an art exhibit, going to the movies or to see a film, or taking any lessons or classes in music or music appreciation.

  • Antecedents of Artistic Success: A Study of the Early Lives of Women Visual Artists
    Study of 30 women between the ages of 26 and 45 who considered themselves to be professional sculptors, graphic artists, metalsmiths, ceramists, and photographers, conducted in 1975. Includes demographic data, test scores, and interview transcripts. Application must be made directly to the Henry A. Murray Research Archive for permission to use the data.

  • Artists Training and Career Project
    Studied the training and career choices and patterns of craftspeople, painters, and actors through national surveys of a sampling of artists in each discipline. Topics include training and preparation, acceptance in the marketplace, critical evaluation, public response, involvement in professional organizations, and career satisfaction.

  • Arts and Religion Survey (1999)
    Offers information on Americans' opinions about the role of the arts relative to religion.

  • Biennial Media Consumption Survey [1998 - 2002]
    Collects data on the public's use of, and attitudes toward, the Internet and traditional news outlets. Respondents are asked questions concerning their use of newspapers, television news, radio news, and news magazines. For later years, use Roper IPOLL.

  • Brooklyn Museum Art Controversy Survey (1999)

  • Census of Population and Housing [United States]: Public Use Microdata Sample: Artist Extract File (1970-2000)
    Contains records of all persons in households with one or more persons having a detailed occupation code considered "artist" by the NEA. These occupations include: actors and directors; announcers; architects; authors; dancers; designers; musicians and composers; painters, sculptors, craft-artists, and artist printmakers; photographers; teachers of art, drama, and music in higher education; and artists, performers, and related workers not elsewhere classified. Updated by the American Community Survey Artist Extract.

  • Central Opera Service Bulletin (1959-1990)
    The performance listings of the Central Opera Service Bulletin includes opera performances and workshops held U.S. nationwide and the world. Listed information includes performance organization names, location, opera title, and staff involved in the performances.

  • Changing Channels and Crisscrossing Cultures: A Survey of Latinos on the News Media
    Getting the news could be the single most extensive cross-cultural experience for the Hispanic population in America. A growing number of Hispanics switch between English and Spanish to get the news. This survey shows that many more Latinos get at least some of their news in both English and Spanish than in just one language or the other.

  • Circulation of US Daily Newspapers, 1924, Audit Bureau of Circulations
    Focus of this data collection was the historical circulation and subscription prices of US daily newspapers in 1924. These data are obtained from audit reports obtained from the Audit Bureau of Circulations, an independent organization created to verify circulation. They include circulation by town and delivery channel for each newspaper.

  • Classical Music Consumer Segmentation Study (2002)
    Data on how Americans related to classical music and to their local orchestras.

  • Committee to Protect Journalists
    Provides data on journalists killed, imprisoned, exiled, or missing. Also includes attacks on the press.

  • Community Arts Survey (1998)
    Data on the leisure and arts-related activities of local residents in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

  • Community Indicators Survey (1999-2002)
    Undertaken by the Knight Foundation to document the social health of the 26 communities in which the Knight brothers published newspapers. Local area surveys were conducted in each of the 26 communities in both 1999 and 2002. In 2002, a number of the local area surveys were supplemented with regional surveys or surveys of a neighboring city. National surveys were also conducted in order to provide comparative benchmark measures. Measured citizens' civic engagement and attitudes concerning 7 topic areas: education, arts and culture, children and social welfare, community development, homelessness, literacy, and citizenship. Succeeded by the Soul of the Community project.

  • Costs and Revenues of US Daily Newspapers, 1927 and 1930, Inland Daily Press Association
    The focus of this data collection was the costs and revenues of United States daily newspapers in 1927 and 1930. Detailed cost and revenues for 94 and 104 newspapers respectively, were obtained from tables in annual reports. Costs include mechanical, delivery and maintenance, administrative and editorial, paper and ink, costs. Revenues include local, foreign, classified, and legals and reader advertising. Data is from a non-random sample and newspaper names are unavailable.

  • Counts of US Daily Newspapers by City and Political Affiliation, 1869-2004
    New data on entries and exits of United States daily newspapers from 1869 to 2004 were used to estimate effects on political participation, party vote shares, and electoral competitiveness. The identification strategy exploits the precise timing of these events and allows for the possibility of confounding trends. Analysis focused on the years 1869-1928, and the remaining years of data were used to look at changes over time.

  • Craft Artist Membership Organizations Survey 1978
    Data on membership characteristics, organizational structure, organizational purposes and activities, funding, and the problems faced by craft artist membership organizations.

  • Creative Community Index [Silicon Valley]
    Quantitative measures of cultural participation & creativity in the Silicon Valley. The 1st wave, conducted in 2002, consisted of 2 surveys: one survey measured the breadth & frequency of cultural participation by residents of Santa Clara County, and another survey gathered a range of data about the current health & vitality of nonprofit arts & culture organizations in the region. The 2nd wave, in 2005, also consisted of 2 surveys: one survey asked leaders about their organization's ability to attract and retain creative workers to Silicon Valley, as well as their participation, as an individual and with children, in arts and related activities; the other survey asked adult residents of Santa Clara County about their behavior and beliefs regarding arts and culture in their community.

  • Cultural Participation Survey 1998
    Measured leisure time activities, organizational involvement attendance at arts and culture events, and personal participation in arts and cultural activities by individuals in the Kansas City metropolitan area; Humboldt County, California; Mayfair (San Jose), California; Milpitas, California; and Gilroy, California.

  • DataArts
    Provides summary data on the arts in participating states. Formerly called the Cultural Data Project.

  • Ethno-Linguistic Situation in the Parishes of U.S. Orthodox Christian Churches
    Goal was to assess the usage of various languages and the strength of the ethnic culture in U.S. Orthodox parishes. Includes parishes from different parts of the United States and from various Orthodox jurisdictions.

  • Ethnologue Global Dataset (19th ed.)
    Raw linguistic data used to create the Ethnologue. Note that this dataset does not include commentary, but rather, data fields with simple values that can be submitted to statistical analysis. Consists of 3 files: (1) Language Data: ISO codes, language families, statuses, country counts, centroid points, and more for 7,457 languages. (2) Country Data: Language counts, literacy rates, populations, diversity indices, and more for 237 countries. (3) Language-in-Country Data: 11,177 listings of data specific to a particular language within a particular country where it is used.

  • Ethnologue: Languages of the World
    An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,909 known living languages. Searchable by country, language size, and language family. Also see Ethnologue Global Dataset (19th ed.).

  • Fake News in the 2016 Election
    Gathers a list of fake news articles circulated in the three months before the 2016 election identified by Snopes, PolitiFact, and BuzzFeed. The titles, URLs, and the number of times that each article was shared on Facebook by early December 2016 are recorded.

  • Fast Response Survey System (FRSS) Series
    Established in 1975 by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), United States Department of Education. FRSS is designed to collect issue-oriented data within a relatively short time frame. FRSS collects data from state education agencies, local education agencies, public and private elementary and secondary schools, public school teachers, and public libraries. ICPSR has a subcomponent of the full data.

  • GDELT Project
    GDELT monitors print, broadcast, and web news media in over 100 languages from across every country in the world to keep continually updated on breaking developments anywhere on the planet. Its historical archives stretch back to January 1, 1979 and update daily (soon to be every 15 minutes). Through its ability to leverage the world's collective news media, GDELT moves beyond the focus of the Western media towards a far more global perspective on what's happening and how the world is feeling about it. "The GDELT Project is an initiative to construct a catalog of human societal-scale behavior and beliefs across all countries of the world, connecting every person, organization, location, count, theme, news source, and event across the planet into a single massive network that captures what's happening around the world, what its context is and who's involved, and how the world is feeling about it, every single day."

  • Giving and Volunteering (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2001)
    Independent Sector collected data on topics related to giving and volunteering in the United States. Explores the characteristics of Americans who volunteer, and why and how they volunteer.

  • Harris 1974 Californians and the arts survey, no. A021
    Interviewed leaders of nonprofit California arts organizations in-depth about all aspects of their activities. Questions include history of organization, affiliations, types of arts, background of professional staff, board of directors, budgetary decisions, funding sources, admission and membership policies, facilities, performance attendance, patronage, and need for government support of the arts.

  • Harris 1974 public perspective on the arts and culture survey, no. A015
    Examined cultural and leisure activities and preferences for the arts in Winston-Salem, NC. Respondents were asked in-depth questions about their childhood exposure to the arts and cultural background, appreciation of music, theatre, movies, ballet, opera, museums, visual arts, community resources, financial support for the arts, sports and vacation pastimes related to the arts.

  • Harris 1974 public perspective on the arts and culture survey, no. A019
    Examined cultural and leisure activities and preferences for the arts in Anchorage, Alaska. Respondents were asked in-depth questions about their childhood exposure to the arts and cultural background, appreciation of music, theatre, movies, ballet, opera, museums, visual arts, community resources, financial support for the arts, sports and vacation pastimes related to the arts.

  • Harris 1975 arts in the Borough of Queens survey
    Examined cultural and leisure activities and preferences in the arts in Queens, NY. Respondents were asked how they spend their leisure time, use of local facilities, attendance of performances in New York City, childhood exposure to the arts, transportation to and financial support for the arts.

  • Humanities Indicators Prototype
    Quantitative descriptive statistics that chart trends over time in aspects of the humanities: education, the workforce, funding and research, and their role in American life.

  • Information on Artists (1989-2011)
    Studied American artists' work-related human and social service needs in 1989, 1997, and 2004, 2007, and 2011. The initial study included artists from 10 cities: Boston, Cape Cod, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco and western Massachusetts. The 1997 wave was conducted in 4 of the original cities: Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, & San Francisco. The 2004 wave consisted only of artists in the San Francisco Bay area and included a longitudinal component. The 2007 provides the first needs assessment of aging artists in the New York Metro Area. The 2011 studies focus on professional actors, dancers, choreographers, musicians and singers 62 years or older in Los Angeles and New York City. They try to understand how artists are supported and integrated within their communities, and how their network structures change over time and to understand how performing artists mature into old age artistically, emotionally, financially and chronologically. The surveys asked questions about artists' work-related, human and social service needs, including health coverage and insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, credit, live/work space, legal and financial service needs.

  • (Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism)
    Datasets from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism project.

  • Linguistics Corpora
    Linguistic corpora acquired by Princeton University.

  • Local Area Arts Participation Study 1992
    Information about Americans' participation in the arts -- including ballet, opera, plays, museums, and concerts -- in 12 communities. Was intended to augment the 1992 national Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). Each survey included 3 components: a "core questionnaire," common to all 12 sites, including arts participation and demographic information identical to the 1992 national SPPA; a set of questions, common to all sites but not included in the 1992 national SPPA, concerning facilities where arts participation occurred, reasons for not attending more often, and sources of information about arts events; and community-specific modules, developed by the local area partners to address specific information needs in each community. The 12 communities surveyed were Broward County, FL; Chicago, IL; Dade County, FL; Las Vegas, NV; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Reno, NV; rural Nevada; San Jose, CA; Seattle, WA; Sedona, AZ; and Winston-Salem, NC.

  • Museum Program Study 1979
    Collected data from 1,373 nonprofit museums in 50 states & the District of Columbia. Purpose of the study was to estimate the characteristics & educational roles of the nonprofit museum universe.

  • Museum Universe Data File
    Contains information about over 35,000 museums and related organizations in the United States including aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children's museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks.

  • NADAC - National Archive of Data on Arts & Culture
    Digital archive of data on arts and culture. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Replaced CPANDA.

  • National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support (1998-2001)
    Data on public and private support for professional nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Includes a national survey and surveys of local government; Amery, Wisconsin; Cleveland, Ohio; Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Montgomery County, Maryland; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Lousiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; and San Jose, California.

  • National Social Survey (2002, 2004)
    General survey measuring indicators of social health and a social health survey with a larger component devoted to culture and creativity. Designed to provide an in-depth view of the nation's social health by examining how Americans experience important aspects of daily life, such as social and economic well-being and community participation and engagement.

  • National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation (FHWAR) Series
    Designed to gather information about participation in fishing and hunting activities and other forms of wildlife-associated recreation such as observation, photography, and feeding. Provides information on number and duration of trips taken, distance traveled from home, catch or yield, and expenditures for travel, equipment, licenses, and lodging.

  • NCAA FOIA data (USA Today) (2005-2009)
    NCAA data obtained from USA Today. Provides name of institution, division, IPEDS number, conference name, and expense or revenue amount for items including athletic student aid; broadcast, television, radio, & internet rights; coaching other compensation & benefits paid by a 3rd party; coaching salaries, benefits, and bonuses paid by the University & related entities; compensation & benefits provided by a 3rd party; contributions; direct facilities, maintenance, and rental; direct institutional support; direct state or other government support; fund raising, marketing and promotion; game expenses; guarantees; indirect facilities and administrative support; medical expenses and medical insurance; medical expenses & medical insurance; NCAA/conference distributions including all tournament revenues; recruiting; royalties, licensing, advertisements & sponsorships; severence payments; student fees; support staff/administrative other compensation & benefits paid by a 3rd party; support staff/administrative salaries, Benefits & bonuses paid by the University & related entities; team travel; and ticket sales. Data is restricted to Princeton only. Please contact for access. (Study 5101)

  • New Jersey Dance Needs Assessment Project (2005)
    Aimed to develop a comprehensive profile of New Jersey's dance workforce and to better understand the most critical needs confronting the dance community. The dance community members were defined as the dancers and workers involved in dance, and included individual choreographers, performers, folk and traditional artists as well as administrators and educators, managers, dancers, costumers, and designers throughout New Jersey.

  • New York Times Annotated Corpus
    Contains over 1.8 million articles written and published by the New York Times between January 1, 1987 and June 19, 2007 (excluding wire services articles that appeared during the covered period). Articles are tagged for persons, places, organizations, titles and topics using a controlled vocabulary that is applied consistently across articles.

  • Number and Circulation of US Daily Newspapers by City and Political Affiliation, 1869-2004
    New data on entries and exits of United States daily newspapers from 1869 to 2004 were used to estimate effects on political participation, party vote shares, and electoral competitiveness. The identification strategy exploits the precise timing of these events and allows for the possibility of confounding trends. Analysis focused on the years 1869-1928, and the remaining years of data were used to look at changes over time. Contains city-level counts and circulation of United States daily newspapers by political affiliation. The data come from George P. Rowell and Company's (Rowell's) American Newspaper Directory (1860-1876), N.W. Ayer and Son's (Ayer's) American Newspaper Annual (1880-1928), and the Editor and Publisher Yearbook (1932-2004).

  • People's Choice -- Survey on Chinese Public Attitudes Toward the Visual Arts (1995)
    The survey had 3 objectives: (1) to gauge the importance of art in the daily lives of the Chinese People; (2) to measure the public art preferences. Specifically, what kinds of paintings appeal most and what appeal least to the Chinese viewers; and (3) to probe the public attitudes toward arts and artists. Includes comparison with Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Iceland, Kenya, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and the USA.

  • Performing Arts Research Coalition 2002
    Collaborative project that seeks to improve the way performing arts organizations gather information. The process is being developed in ten cities and involves four types of data collection: administrative data, audience surveys, subscriber surveys, and household surveys.

  • Policy Agendas Project
    Attempt to provide comparable measures of policy changes in the United States since the Second World War. Includes information summarizing each U.S. Congressional hearing from 1946-2015; information from all articles in the main chapters of the Congressional Quarterly Almanac from 1948-2011; information about each public law passed from 1948-2014; bills introduced in Congress from 1947-2015; every congressional roll call vote from 1946-2013; information about each executive order issued from 1945-2015; information on each quasi-statement in the Presidential State of the Union Speeches from 1946-2017; presidential veto rhetoric from 1985-2016; Democratic Party platforms 1948-2016; Republican Party platforms 1948-2016; contains information on each case on the Supreme Courts docket from from 1944-2009; time-series database of all associations in the Encyclopedia of Associations, coded both by the EA subject categories as well as by the major topics of the PAP from 1966 to 2001; responses to Gallup's Most Important Problem question aggregated at the annual level from 1947-2015; a systematic random sample of the New York Times Index from 1946-2014; information on the number of pages in the New York Times Index and an estimate of the number of articles per page; television news policy agendas from 1968-2010; annual data, adjusted for inflation, of U.S. Budget Authority from FY 1947-FY 2015; tax expenditures from 1979-2014; and highlights of the main issues concerning the study of budgetary outcomes across countries and time.

  • Political Slant of United States Daily Newspapers, 2005
    The focus of this data collection was media slant in news coverage in the United States in 2005. Automated searches of newspaper articles and congressional records were conducted of 1,000 key phrases addressing issues such as abortion, gun control, taxes, health care, war, the environment, immigration policy, stem cell research, and minorities. A new index of media slant was then constructed that measured the similarity of a news outlet's language to that of the congressional Republican or Democrat. To measure news slant, the researchers examined the set of all key phrases used by each congressperson and identified those used much more frequently by one political party than by another. Newspapers were then indexed by the extent to which the use of politically charged phrases in their news coverage resembled the use of the same phrases in the speech of a congressional Democrat or Republican. Part 1, Newspapers File, lists the slant index of 434 city newspapers across the United States and the total number of uses of key phrases for each newspaper. Part 2, News Counts File, indicates the number of news articles in each newspaper using each key phrase. Part 3, Congress File, lists the United States congressperson from each congressional district, his or her political party identification, the slant index, and the total number of uses of all key phrases for this congressperson. Part 4, Congress Counts File, includes information on the number of uses of each key phrase by each member of Congress. Part 5, Phrases File, includes detailed information on the key phrases used in the searches and the total number of uses of each phrase for all Democrats and Republicans in Congress.

  • Public Library (Public Use) Data Files (IMLS) (1992+)

  • Reporting the Arts II (2003)
    Analyzed arts-and-culture coverage by 17 metropolitan and 3 national daily newspapers.

  • Secondary School Arts Education Survey (Fall 2009) (FRSS 101)
    Provides national estimates on student access to arts education and the resources available for such instruction in public secondary schools during fall 2009. This is one of a set of 7 surveys that collected data on arts education during the 2009/10 school year. In addition to this survey, the set includes a survey of elementary school principals, 3 elementary teacher-level surveys, and 2 secondary teacher-level surveys. This study is the third of its kind to be conducted by NCES. Previous studies were conducted during the 1994/95 and the 1999/2000 school years. In addition to including many of the research questions from the previous study, the current study addresses emerging issues, such as the availability of curriculum-based arts education activities outside of regular school hours. The secondary school survey collected data on the availability of music, visual arts, dance, and drama/theatre instruction; enrollment in these courses, the type of space used for arts instruction, the availability of curriculum guides for arts teachers to follow, and the number of arts teachers who are specialists in the subject. Principals reported on graduation requirements for coursework in the arts; school or district provision of teacher professional development in the arts; and arts education programs, activities, and events. Principals also reported on community partnerships and support from outside sources for arts education.

  • Six Cities Trusteeship Project
    Designed to chart and understand the changes in the scope, scale, diversity, growth, & role of nonprofit trusteeship in the United States from 1931 to 1991. Data collection was divided into 6 discrete projects centered around Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Los Angeles, & Atlanta. Each research team was responsible for identifying the 15 organizations in their city that fit the criteria of largest 501(c)(3) secular hospital, Protestant hospital, Catholic hospital, Jewish hospital, art museum, symphony orchestra, United Way, institution of higher education, Junior League, community foundation, YMCA, YWCA, secular family services, Catholic family services, and Jewish family services. Resulted in a board-level data set of about 90 organizations that would be directly comparable across cities; researchers then collected biographical information on the trustees of each organization during the years 1931, 1961, & 1991.

  • Social Capital Benchmark Survey, 2000
    Comprises both a national sample of some 3,000 respondents and community respondents in 41 communities nationwide (across 29 states) covering an additional 26,700 respondents. Measures everything from levels of giving blood, to hanging out with friends, to participating in various groups and associations, to levels of trust, to participation in group arts and group sports, to the diversity of our friendship patterns.

  • Social Capital Community Survey, 2006
    Consisted of a national sample and targeted samples in 22 American communities. Follow-up to the Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey (2000).

  • Soul of the Community (2008-2010)
    Surveys conducted by Gallup in the 26 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation communities in the United States. Community attachment and its impact on economic growth and well-being are the main focus of the study. Compared residents' attachment level to the GDP growth in the 26 communities over the past 5 years. The findings showed a significant correlation between community attachment and economic growth. Preceded by the Community Indicators Survey [1999-2002].

  • Sports Microdata Guide
    Guide to USA and international sports microdata.

  • State Library (Public Use) Data Files (IMLS) (1994+)

  • State of the First Amendment [1997 - 2006]
    Collects data on Americans' attitudes towards First Amendment issues, including freedom of expression and tolerance for art that may be offensive to others.

  • State-Level Estimates of Arts Participation Patterns (2012-2015)
    Highlights selected arts-participation rates for all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

  • Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)
    Partners with degree-granting institutions to administer surveys to their arts graduates. While the data is not available, many reports and data briefs are available.

  • Study of Jazz Artists 2001
    Data on the working & living situations of jazz musicians in New York City, San Francisco, New Orleans, & Detroit.

  • Success and Failure in Cultural Markets
    Was motivated by a puzzling aspect of contemporary cultural markets: successful cultural products, such as hit songs , bestselling books, and blockbuster movies, are orders of magnitude more successful than average; yet which particular songs, books, and movies will become the next "big thing" appears impossible to predict. The project proposed that both of these features, which appear to be contradictory at the collective level, can arise from the process of social influence at the individual level. To explore this possibility empirically a website was constructed where participants could listen to, rate, and download new music. Using a "multiple worlds" experimental design, the project found support for the ideas in a series of four experiments involving a total of 27,267 participants. Included in this release are 167 data files containing the experimental results, mp3 files from the 48 songs, and the data documentation.

  • Survey of Arts and Cultural Organizations [2000]
    Operating characteristics, performance/exhibition venues, audience expansion & diversification strategies, and organizational partnerships of government or not-for-profit art & culture organizations in the Kansas City metropolitan area; Humboldt County, California; Silicon Valley, California; Southeastern Michigan; and Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Survey of Cultural Programs for Adults in Public Libraries 1998
    Offers information on cultural programs for adults in U.S. public libraries during 1997-98. The study was conducted for the American Library Association by the Library Research Center in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Data were collected from 1,229 public libraries on the types of adult cultural programming offered at each library, program attendance and funding, collaboration with other organizations on cultural programs, the cultural role of the library, and the relative availability of cultural programming in the community served by the library.

  • Survey of Public Participation in the Arts [1982+]
    Collects data on Americans' participation in the arts, including the performing arts, the visual arts, and the literary arts. Conducted every 5 years by the Research Division of the National Endowment for the Arts. The 1982, 1985 and 1992 surveys were conducted by the Bureau of the Census, as a supplement to a larger national survey, the National Crime Survey (NCS). The 1997 survey was conducted by Westat. The 2002 and 2008 surveys were conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as a supplement to the Current Population Survey. 2012 can be found on the NEA site as well as the NADAC site. There is also a combined file (minus 1997) for 1982-2012.

  • Survey of the Arts in Everyday Life 2002
    Examined the involvement of Chicago-area individuals in "informal" arts activities, such as acting in community theater, singing in a church choir, writing poetry at the local library, or painting portraits in a home studio. Participants in informal arts activities in twelve different settings were asked about their art work, the characteristics of art groups to which they belong, their interactions with other artists, their working situation as artists, their opinions concerning arts opportunities in their neighborhoods, and their levels of participation in various arts, cultural, and civic activities.

  • Taking Note: A Study of Composers and New Music Activity in the U.S.
    Includes insights into composers' work, business practices, income, affiliations, collaborations, diversity and education along with extensive discussion on the opportunities and challenges facing the field of new music.

  • US Historical Newspapers Readership Surveys, 1929-1970
    Focus of this data collection was the historical overlap in readership of US daily newspapers in several city markets in the period spanning 1929-1970. These data are obtained from readership surveys conducted by the newspapers themselves or by advertising associations. The data report the average daily readership of groups of daily newspapers in a given city and year. The sampling is determined by the newspapers or the advertising associations that conducted the readership surveys.

  • Visual Art Critic
    In early 2002, the National Arts Journalism Program invited art critics at general-interest news publications around the country to complete an online questionnaire about their backgrounds, educational credentials, work habits, tastes and opinions on issues concerning art in America today. The survey's 169 critics -- drawn from 96 daily newspapers, 34 alternative weeklies and 3 national news magazines -- write for a combined audience of approximately 60 million readers. The findings suggest that although art critics have carved out important roles at many publications, criticism is struggling to keep up with the swift evolution of the art world.

  • World Press Trends Database (2000+)
    Provides summary statistics and trends for the newspaper industry worldwide.

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