Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



Document Type



Dimensions of Diversity in U.S. Arts Participation uses data from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts to investigate the following three research questions: (1) Does education’s association with visual and performing arts participation vary by race-ethnicity; (2) does visual and performing arts attendance amongst racial-ethnic groups differ depending upon a genre’s cultural roots; and (3) does education’s relationship to visual and performing arts consumption vary between traditional and non-traditional broadcast media? Major findings reveal that education has a more consistent positive association with the likelihood and diversity of visual and performing arts attendance for Whites than non-Whites. Education’s connection with arts attendance also differs across art museums, jazz and salsa performances—three arts activities with different cultural heritage. Education has the most consistent ties with art museum attendance and the least with salsa performances. Education has only a small association with visual and performing arts consumption via traditional and non-traditional broadcast media—especially compared to its relationship to activities attendance. The role of education varies little between these different means of broadcast consumption. This dissertation suggests both race-ethnicity and the cultural heritage of an arts activity mediate education’s effect on visual and performing arts attendance. However, neither race-ethnicity nor education explain much of the variation in visual and performing arts broadcast consumption through traditional and non-traditional broadcast media.



Committee Chair

Schafer, Mark



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