The National Endowment for the Arts has released “Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists,” a searchable online research tool that gives statistical profiles about the 2.1 million artists in the U.S. labor force. The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Equal Employment Opportunity Tables using data from its American Community Survey results for 2006 through 2010. The resource gives statistical profiles of Americans who reported an artist occupation as their primary job; occupations include musicians, actors, announcers, architects, art directors, fine artists, animators, dancers and choreographers, designer, entertainers and performers, photographers, producers and directors, and writers and authors. “Equal Opportunity Data Mining” is the first in a series of Arts Data Profiles to be released by the NEA over the next several months, with future installments to include public data about arts participation and arts organizations. The research tool can be found here.
Posted June 21, 2013