Age and Arts Participation: A Case against Demographic Destiny

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Government Publication




The findings from this study suggest that age and cohort are not destiny. The ability of established or emerging arts groups to attract participants will have less to do with the age distribution of the population than with their ability to connect to the creative aspirations of their potential audiences.


This report was commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and published in February 2011 as NEA Research Report #53. The publication is available free of charge at, the website of the National Endowment of the Arts.


Date Posted:17 March 2017