Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018

Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018

Americans are highly engaged in the arts and believe strongly that they promote personal well‐being, contribute to our understanding of other cultures, are essential to a well‐rounded education, and that government has an important role to play in funding them. Based  on a survey of more than three thousand Americans, the report, Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018 (49 pages, PDF), found that 72 percent of respondents attended an arts or cultural event during the previous year, while the same percentage agreed that "the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity." According to the survey, more than 90 percent of respondents believe students should receive arts education in elementary school, middle school, and high school, while 89 percent said the arts should also be available outside the classroom. In addition, while 90 percent of respondents said cultural institutions improve the quality of life in a community, only 50 percent agreed that "everyone in their community has equal access to the arts," and only 53 percent supported increasing federal government spending on nonprofit arts organizations.

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