A New Framework for Building Participation in the Arts by Lloyd Dixon Kimberly Jinnett

By Lloyd Dixon Kimberly Jinnett

Arts enterprises around the kingdom are actively increasing their efforts to extend public participation of their courses. This file provides the findings of a RAND learn subsidized by way of the Wallace-Reader's Digest cash that appears on the technique during which participants get entangled within the arts and makes an attempt to spot ways that arts associations can such a lot successfully impression this strategy. The record provides a behavioral version that identifies the most elements influencing person judgements concerning the arts, in keeping with website visits to associations which were quite profitable in attracting members to their courses and in-depth interviews with the administrators of greater than a hundred associations that experience acquired promises from the Wallace-Reader's Digest money and the Knight starting place to motivate better involvement within the arts. The version and a collection of directions to aid associations method the duty of participation development represent a framework which could help in devising participation-building ways that healthy with an institution's total objective and project, its on hand assets, and the neighborhood surroundings during which it operates--in different phrases, a framework that might let arts associations to take an integrative method of construction participation within the arts.

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By oversimplifying the decision process, the theoretical literature fails to provide much guidance to arts institutions trying to decide which strategies to use to increase participation. , for those already participating, inclined to participate but not currently doing so, and not inclined to participate) and when to employ those tactics. For example, adjusting price levels in order to spur participation among individuals not inclined to participate in the first place, as many organizations do, is not likely to be very effective.

Similarly, individual inclinations will vary across different types of art. A Behavioral Model of Participation 27 PRACTICAL STAGE Individuals who have decided to become involved in the arts in some way have moved into the practical stage of the decisionmaking process and are ready to evaluate specific participation options. —that must be addressed before they will actually participate at a specific time and place. Furthermore, the difficulty of overcoming these obstacles will depend on the strength of the person’s inclination.

Nor do we know what types of programming are likely to be most appealing to different tastes. Finally, our review of the literature suggests that one key to deepening individuals’ level of involvement with the arts is to instill in them a greater commitment to the arts so that the arts become central to who they are. But how to accomplish this remains unclear. Despite the best efforts of scores of institutions and dedicated individuals and the investment of uncounted dollars, participation building remains a very difficult and not very well understood task.

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