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Poll finds Nevadans engaged in and supportive of arts

CARSON CITY, Nevada – Three quarters of Nevada adults attended a cultural event in the past year and an equal percentage believe the arts improves the quality of life in their communities, according to the poll “Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018.”

The poll also found near unanimous support for arts education in K-12 schools as more than 90 percent of those surveyed saying it’s important at all levels – elementary, middle school and high school.

Seven in ten Nevadans said that creativity enhances success in the workplace, while 60 percent said their job requires them to be creative, either individually or as part of a team.

The nationwide online poll of 3,023 adults ages 18 and older was conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Americans for the Arts. The national sample was supplemented by a “boost sample” from eight states (about 300 people per state), including Nevada.  The poll has a credibility interval of ±2.0 percentage points, and ±6.5 percentage points for the state specific surveys.

“What makes the results of this study so compelling and significant is that it measures Nevada’s perspective on their personal engagement in the arts as audience and creator,” said Tony Manfredi, executive director of the Nevada Arts Council. “It also measures the support of art education and integration into curriculum, the personal and well-being benefits that come from engaging in the arts and how those personal benefits extend into our Nevada communities.”

Nevada closely mirrored or surpassed the national average on most of the poll questions. In general, the poll found Americans are highly engaged in the arts and believe more strongly than ever that the arts promote personal well-being, help people understand other cultures in their communities, are essential to a well-rounded K-12 education and that government has an important role in funding the arts.

Here are additional highlights from the survey:

For more information about Ipsos online polling methodology, please visit the Public Opinion Polling and Communication page.

The Nevada Arts Council, a division of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, was created as a state agency in 1967. Its mission is to enrich the cultural life of the state through leadership that preserves, supports, strengthens and makes accessible excellence in the arts for all Nevadans. Programs include Artist Services, Arts Learning, Community Arts Development, Folklife and Grants. The NAC has a staff of 11 and offices in Carson City and Las Vegas.