Last week, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published the highlights of its 2012 Survey of Public Participation, a study which aimed to capture the myriad of ways Americans engaged with the arts over that year. The sixth iteration of a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau—the first being in 1982, the last in 2008—the most recent survey boasts a sample size of 37,266 and so represents a phenomenal resource through which to see how people are connecting with the arts, as well as being helpful in developing policy initiatives. The NEA plans to make a comprehensive report available in 2014, but in the meantime there are some points of interest worth noting in the current highlights.
FMC are huge fans of travelling accordian player, arranger and debonair man-about-town Franz Nicolay. Franz is currently raising funds for his next record via a Kickstarter campaign. Knowing that not everyone understands or supports the crowdsourced arts funding model, Franz put together some answers to commonly asked questions. More from FMC on Kickstarter as part of our 29 Streams analysis and at Policy Summit 2009.