Trends in Arts Participation
Paul DiMaggio, Director of Research, CACPS; Professor of
Toqir Mukhtar, Research Project Director
Steven Tepper, Deputy Director, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy
The Center is working on a study that explores trends in public
participation in the arts. Using three years of data from the
Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (1982, 1992, 2002),
DiMaggio et al. will explore patterns of cohort change in public
participation in the arts. Do younger cohorts attend ballet, musicals,
drama, opera, classical music concerts, and art museums more or
less than older cohorts?
In addition, the project examines whether the role of the arts
as "cultural capital" has diminished over time; whether
the gender division of cultural labor has declined; and the extent
to which trends have been influenced by change in age of marriage,
age of child-bearing and the proportion of single-parent families.
To help answer these questions, we will analyze cohort trends
for disaggregated groups including men, women and college educated.
We will also examine cohort trends in childhood experiences in