Participation in Arts and Culture

Research Report

Participation in Arts and Culture

The Importance of Community Venues
May 30, 2003

Abstract

Many arts organizations are discovering that where people choose to attend arts and cultural events can be crucial to developing effective strategies for reaching broader and more diverse audiences. New research finds that more people attend arts and cultural events in community venues--such as open air spaces, schools, and places of worship--than in conventional arts venues, such as concert halls, theaters, museums, and art galleries. Although audiences for events held in both types of venues overlap, about one-fourth of the people who participate in arts and culture do so only in community venues, representing an untapped market for some cultural groups.

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