New research by Americans for the Arts and Ipsos Public Affairs suggests that “the American public is more broadly engaged in the arts than previously understood – believing that the arts not only play a vital role in personal well-being and healthier communities, but that the arts are also core to a well-rounded education.”

Key outcomes from the December 2015 survey of more than 3,000 American adults over 18 showed that 63% of the population believe the arts “lift me up beyond everyday experiences,” 64% feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 73% say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”

Seven in 10 respondents attended an arts event in the past year and 77% say they experienced the arts in a “non-arts” venue such as a park, hospital, shopping mall or airport