Findings From a Recent Survey on Cultural Participation and Community Life
Indications of Americans' declining involvement in civic affairs have recently attracted media attention and national concern. If participation in community activities is indeed declining, continued civic health may depend on nuturing those institutions in which people remain actively involved.
People participate in arts and culture in four primary ways: they attend programs and events, encourage their children to participate, make or perform art as amateurs, or support the arts through donations of time and money. The more ways people participate - and the more often - the more likely they are to engage in other activities that support community life.
See full report Arts Participation: Steps to Stronger Cultural and Community Life.