USA - International Document

Age and Arts Participation with a Focus on the Baby Boom Cohort

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Balfe J, Meyersohn R, Petersen R, Sherkat D

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National Endowment for the Arts

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This report presents two sets of analyses of the effect of age on adult arts participation in different art forms. The data which are analysed are taken from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Surveys of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) (undertaken in 1982 and 1992), which provides important statistics on adult participation. These data document the changing composition of arts audiences in America; they provide a snapshot in time of audiences for classical music, opera, ballet, musicals, jazz, plays, and art museum. Each survey reveals a pattern of participation by age and other demographics. The influences of Arts will persist as the “cohort” moves through the life cycle. While aging effects take place over the life span for all individuals no matter when they were born, cohort effects, when present, yield unique attendance patterns.

Main Focus: Community Development

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

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Peterson R, Sherkat D, Balfe J, Meyersohn R (1996). Age and Arts Participation with a Focus on the Baby Boom Cohort . USA:National Endowment for the Arts.