Why is SNAAP important now?
Arts training institutions have articulated an urgent need for objective data. The information that SNAAP provides is especially timely, given the changing environment in which arts training institutions operate: career opportunities are shifting, competition for both students and resources is on the rise, and a generational shift in leadership is underway. Institutions require data to respond and plan effectively. Accreditation requirements also include data regarding alumni paths.
Who will benefit from SNAAP?
Information gathered through SNAAP benefits arts training institutions, policy makers and arts leaders, as well as parents and students considering intensive arts training. The information provides the first national profile of how artists prepare in this country and allows for deepened understanding of what constitutes artistic success and contribution. In addition, data gathered through SNAAP can assist government entities, funding organizations and arts leaders in making investment decisions in education, training and resource allocation.
For postsecondary institutions that grant degrees in the arts, and arts high schools, SNAAP provides information to:
- address alumni career needs, enhance developments efforts, and improve institutional hires
- strengthen curriculum by discovering what aspiring young artists need to advance in rapidly changing arts fields
- clarify what students learned and how it has been used in both arts and non-arts contexts
- compare their work to that of similar institutions to identify relative strengths and areas needing attention
For policy makers, community development professionals and funders, SNAAP provides systemic information about:
- what led artists to pursue careers in the arts and other fields, including financing and other resource factors
- local and regional arts workforce issues and market patterns for community developers and planners
- how students who have trained intensively in the arts contribute to the creative economy nationally
- gaps in the arts training ecology, across disciplines, at different training junctures and across various geographic locales
- support mechanisms and resources needed to encourage and sustain artists in their most vulnerable five years after school and beyond
For parents and students considering intensive arts training, SNAAP provides information about:
- arts career paths
- educational resources
- the roles of professional relationships
- obstacles to achieving arts training and professional goals