Science News features a new study that uses SNAAP data in examining labor market factors as a driver of the wage gap between men and women in the arts. The main finding: gender-based income inequalities persist within the arts just as they do in other fields. The gender wage gap is comparable for artists and nonartists.
Wicked Local of the Danvers Herald promotes an upcoming art exhibition of Endicott College alumni. The article references SNAAP findings regarding the development of entrepreneurial skills at arts institutions and their use in the workplace.
SNAAP has "transformed the discourse about arts education in the country," says Leslie Bellavance, the new President of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. The Grand Rapids (Michigan) Business Journal profiles Bellavance, who discusses her career and Kendall's responsibility to students beyond their time at the university.
This piece from 90.1 WABE Atlanta's NPR Station quotes SNAAP Director, Sally Gaskill about the reasons behind DeKalb School of the Arts' success in providing top notch secondary arts training.
The Berkeley Beacon of Emerson College (Massachusetts) covers the pros and cons of students engaging in unpaid internships. The author references Emerson College's participation in SNAAP, which showed that 74% of Emerson's recent grads held at least one unpaid internship, over twice the amount as the average SNAAP institution. He also outlines SNAAP's top three reasons for pursuing an internship: (1) to gain hands on experience, (2) to become better prepared for employment, and (3) to learn new skills.
The Indiana Daily Student features key results from the SNAAP DataBrief: Spotlight on First-Generation Artists.
This article written by Katia Savchuk and published in Forbes, quotes statements from SNAAP Senior Research Scholar, Jennifer Lena, as evidence for arts alumni's preparedness for success in the workforce.
Cindy Bailey Damschroder, Assistant Professor with the Division of Professional Practice and Experiential Learning (ProPEL) at the University of Cincinnati references findings from the 2011 SNAAP survey as impetus for the introduction of a required co-op component into UC's Fine Arts curriculum. She argues that "The world needs more creativity to face and solve ever-more complex and serious challenges—fine arts students can help by developing new and innovative ideas, approaches and answers."
Jerry Cianciolo of the Wall Street Journal refers to findings from the 2011 SNAAP report "Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni" as a counterargument to the misconception of parents who stear their children away from pursuing careers for fear of unemployability.
Samantha Melamed of Philly.com covers ways in which art schools are making changes to programming and curricula to support students and graduates in their professional preparation. It highlights AICAD schools' participation in SNAAP as a means of gathering data to inform such decisions.
This Vail Daily article summarizes Steven Tepper's findings, based on SNAAP data, on how arts graduates can build a successful career.
Christopher Howard of the College Arts Association interviews Steven Tepper and Sally Gaskill about SNAAP's annual report "Making it Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates."
Tom Jacobs of Pacific Standard covers the latest SNAAP Annual Report, drawing attention to how the study "suggests universities and other institutes of higher learning are getting better at training arts graduates in the more practical aspects of pursuing their craft."
Inside Higher Ed features results from the 2014 SNAAP Annual report, highlighting especially that arts graduates report "decent preparation" for the workforce.
Alexis Clements cites SNAAP data in a piece published by Hyperallergic that focuses on challenges faced by arts graduates.
Andrea Nease of The Dartmouth discusses the current collegiate season of job recruitment/preparation and until now, the lack of information regarding careers in the arts. She points to data from the SNAAP survey as proof of career opportunities after graduation, potential for a decent living wage, and acquisition of translatable skills among arts majors.
David Hoppe writes in Nuvo: Indy's Alternative Voice about the misconception that a degree in the liberal arts leads to unemployment. He uses SNAAP data to make the case that "a liberal arts education neither as airy-fairy, nor as soul-crushing in outcome as some would have us believe."
Based on data from the latest SNAAP Annual Report, Jared Keller, Director of News at News.Mic provides the following takeaway: "If the goal of going to college is to earn a high starting salary, you may want to consider leaving the paintbrushes at home to study engineering instead. But for aspiring artists who pass over arts school in favor of something "more practical," rest assured for that arts degree actually pays off."
Purdue University's The Exponent publishes an article summarizing how results from the SNAAP survey challenges the perceived notion of a lacking job market for arts graduates.
Chuck Green references SNAAP's Annual Report on his Pageplane blog, but seeks further answers about working designers who do not have an arts degree.
On the Art F City blog, Whitney Kimball compares the results of SNAAP's Annual Report, Making It Work: The Education and Employment of Recent Arts Graduates, with another recently released study about arts graduates published by BFAMFAPHD.
The Majoring in Music blog suggests the latest SNAAP Annual Report as a reference for prospective music school applicants about the curricula and services that are needed to be prepared for the field.
Indiana Public Media quotes SNAAP Director, Sally Gaskill regarding arts institution's focus beyond teaching artistic technique, but on developing skills that will help graduates make careers as artists.
Smithsonian.com highlights SNAAP findings that "recent graduates of arts degrees report high job satisfaction and employment numbers."
Scott Carlson writes about the return on investment as well as the constraints/risks of attending art school in this piece published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. He highlights Sammy Hoi's (SNAAP Advisory Board Member and current MICA President) use of survey data to "turn the conversation about the value of arts school toward the quantitative." Carlson cites SNAAP results of high job satisfaction and involvement in the arts well past graduation.
SNAAP Research Director, Steven Tepper published a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education in which he explores the difference between "me" and "bigger than me" experiences and how arts education can provide opportunities for fostering creativity beyond individual expression and voice.
A thoughtful piece about the perils of rankings from the website Majoring in Music.com—it refers readers to SNAAP data for a "composite picture of what an arts education looks like after the fact."
Artful Living: Examining the Relationship between Artistic Practice and Subjective Wellbeing Across Three National Surveys
Commissioned by a research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this report explores the thesis that the arts are essential to a high quality of life, using SNAAP and two other datasets.
Published in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, Steven Tepper, SNAAP Research Director and sociologist Danielle Lindemann use SNAAP data to suggest that arts graduates use multiple lenses to view the worth of their education.
Published in a special issue of Poetics, Jennifer C. Lena, SNAAP Senior Research Scholar and Danielle Lindeman, former SNAAP Postdoctoral Research Scholar explore the "professional artist" as the outcome of an identity process, using unique data from the 2010 SNAAP survey.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Steven Tepper and others to buck the misconception that a fine arts degree will lead to unemployment. The article uses SNAAP findings (identified as a Curb Center survey) and other data as supporting evidence for a rosier employment picture for fine arts graduates. Continue Reading >>
This special issue of Work and Occupations (November 2013) features articles about the creative workforce, using SNAAP data to draw interesting new conclusions. Included are these articles and policy briefs:
Looking Back, Looking Forward: Arts-Based Careers and Creative Work by Elizabeth Long-Lingo and Steven Tepper (guest editors for the journal);
What Happens to Artistic Aspirants Who Do Not "Succeed''? A Research Note From the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project by Danielle J. Lindemann;
Artists by the Numbers: Moving From Descriptive Statistics to Impact Analyses by Sunil Iyengar; Artists Work Everywhere by Ann Markusen.
Raymond Tymas-Jones discusses how the University of Utah College of Fine Arts used SNAAP data to improve resources for students' transition into the workforce. He highlights their main effort, the first annual ArtsForce Conference-a student driven event geared toward helping students understand and articulate the value of their degrees. The Daily Utah Chronicle features the University of Utah's ArtsForce Conference, "a conference that infuses the world of networking with the importance of an art degree." The article highlights the contributions of SNAAP leaders, Sally Gaskill and Steven Tepper to the conference.
Jason C. White of Ohio State University argues that many arts training programs may be failing to adequately prepare students for professional work. In this article in Artivate, a journal of entrepreneurship in the arts, he uses SNAAP data as evidence for the need for arts entrepreneurship education. Continue Reading >>
Philip Kennicott discusses the tendency of opera singers to fear failure in the reality of "a vast imbalance between the numbers of young people who enter conservatory or university training programs and the limited numbers of jobs that await them in the professional opera world." He encouragingly points to SNAAP data which paints a more positive outlook on the careers and institutional satisfaction of artists-and how success can be defined more broadly. PDF link
In honor of the 100th birthday of the U.S. Department of labor, Kristy Callaway, Executive Director of the Arts Schools Network, interviews Sally Gaskill, Director of SNAAP about the value of an arts degree in the current economy. Continue Reading >>
Steven J. Tepper gives the commencement speech at Penn State University's College of Arts and Architecture using SNAAP data. Continue Reading >>
Haig Mardirosian, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Tampa, provides commentary in The American Organist on SNAAP in an effort to influence policymakers and the greater American public regarding the value of an arts education. Continue Reading >>
Raymond Tymas-Jones blogs about how SNAAP findings shed light on the benefits of skills acquired through arts education. Continue Reading >>
Steven Tepper writes about artists in the workplace for Fast Company (with apologies to Daniel Pink re the title). Continue Reading >>
Sunil Iyengar analyzes the SNAAP Special Report, "Painting with Broader Stokes: Assessing the Value of an Arts Degree" Continue Reading >>
Arizona Commission on the Arts contributor Patrick Fanning discusses SNAAP findings and lifelong learning in the arts. Continue Reading >>
Dispelling myths about job satisfaction, opportunities, and employability... Continue Reading >>
Why Attending Law School is the Worst Career Decision You'll Ever Make... Continue Reading >>
Researcher Jenn Lena shares her Insight on most recent findings... Continue Reading >>
College Grads with Fake Majors Somehow Happy and Fulfilled... Continue Reading >>
Art Degrees Lead to Jobs and Fulfilled Lives... Continue Reading >>
Majoring in the arts may be the ticket to long-term job satisfaction and a job when you graduate, says Creative Kid College Coach... Continue Reading >>
A response to the New York Times' coverage of the SNAAP survey... Continue Reading >>
The title of this article, as well as its reliance on poorly researched data (drawn from a Newsweek Tumblr post), presents a skewed picture of the value of a liberal arts education today... Continue Reading >>
In difficult economic times, applications to the undergraduate theater program at LSU are way up. Continue Reading >>
Center for an Urban Future Releases Report on the Impact of Art and Design Colleges in New York. Continue Reading >>
More and more we are beginning to see that "arts-training is crucial to developing creativity. Continue Reading >>
Let's Get Serious About Cultivating Creativity: Steven Tepper and George Kuh in the Chronicle Review.
Creativity may be key to America's future, but we have little data on how it is best acquired and applied. A new study (SNAAP!) is changing that. Continue Reading >>
In his famous book on capitalism, Max Weber warned that our modern world would increasingly be driven by endless attempts at measurement, accountability, efficiency, and control. Continue Reading >>
About three million college students will approach graduation day wondering what the future holds. Continue Reading >>
Conventional wisdom has long held that pursuing a career in the arts is a likely ticket to a life of perennial unhappiness, hunger and unemployment. Continue reading
A national survey of 13,581 arts-school alumni found that almost three-quarters of those who intended to work as a professional artist had done so at some point since graduating, and 90 percent of all respondents rated their educational experience as good or excellent Continue reading
Parents who are worried about the viability of their child's arts degree can now officially breathe a sigh of relief. Continue reading
George Kuh chairs a panel meeting at a new national initiative to better integrate art-making and the arts into American universities, called ArtsEngine. Continue reading
The struggling artist lives on, but has built a satisfying career in some unexpected ways. Continue reading
Many people still perceive an education in the arts as preparation for living a bohemian life. Continue reading
Budget crises force decisions that either improve a state's economic future or compromise it. Continue Reading >>
I remember having some reservations when I made the commitment to major in journalism in college. Continue Reading >>
Listen to a 10-minute podcast from American RadioWorks, populated by stories from arts graduates.
Since 2007, SNAAP has gathered information from strategically crafted alumni surveys and translated responses to data. The final product helps arts educational institutions from kindergarten to master’s programs improve curricula, teaching methods and funding. Continue reading
Participants at the forum noted that SNAAP could become one of the most important on-going data collection efforts in the arts, on par with the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and the Census Bureau’s regularly collected data on arts occupations and workers. Continue reading
What makes or breaks an artist? And is there a typical career path? Continue reading