Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project


Alan S. Brown

Document Type

Research Report




This document presents the findings of a neighborhood survey undertaken by Alan S Brown & Associates for the Benchmark Project. The study employed a door-to-door intercept methodology using a random sample of addresses in each of five neighborhoods—three in North Philadelphia and two in Camden, NJ. The resident survey, based on themes from Research for Action’s focus group work, investigated a broad range of cultural and creative activities and venues to build a participation profile of adults in the survey neighborhoods. The report also summarizes data on the social context of residents of these predominantly low-income neighborhoods. In his presentation on the research, Alan Brown outlines a framework for thinking about cultural participation based on "level of creative control."

The resident survey was administered by the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center, based in South Philadelphia, under the direction of senior vice president Alfred Brown. The team completed 602 interviews, approximately 120 in each neighborhood, between June and October 2004.


The Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Neighborhood Survey was undertaken from 2004-2005 by Alan S Brown & Associates in association with Audience Insight LLC with support by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.



Date Posted: 09 May 2017