Value for the Field


The core of SNAAP's work is providing confidential, customized Institutional Reports for institutions that participate in the annual SNAAP survey. The Institutional Report presents and analyzes the responses of its alumni, as well as comparative data from other participating institutions. In addition:

  • SNAAP provides value to educators, policy makers and funders through publications, events and more.
  • SNAAP prepares and disseminates national reports and findings based on results of the annual SNAAP surveys.
  • SNAAP provides other services including workshops, special analyses and consulting. The SNAAP database, housed and managed at Indiana University, is available to qualified researchers on request.
  • In spring 2013, SNAAP hosted an exciting national conference to investigate the arts school of the 21st century: "3 Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Career of America's Arts Graduates."

Services

SNAAP 2013

For information about participating in SNAAP 2013 review our Invitation to Participate.

Special Analyses

SNAAP research analysts can provide special reports using your institution's data, or using national data.

Workshops

SNAAP staff periodically provides workshops for institutions on the benefits of registering for SNAAP as well as on how to begin using your institution's data once it is in hand. If your institution is interested in hosting a workshop, contact SNAAP staff at 812-856-5824 or snaap@indiana.edu.

Consulting

Staff members are available to provide technical assistance on everything from how to prepare a good alumni database to use in the SNAAP survey to how to use your data in strategic planning and accreditation.

For additional information about SNAAP services, contact SNAAP staff at 812-856-5824 or snaap@indiana.edu.

3 Million Stories Conference Highlights


In March 2013, over 250 people--arts deans, faculty, researchers, artists, policy makers, funders, political advocates, and others--gathered at Vanderbilt University for the conference, "Three Million Stories: Understanding the Lives and Careers of America's Arts Graduate." The symposium drew stakeholders and field leaders across many arts disciplines and functions--united by their sustained engagement with issues surrounding the training and career paths of artists. The Surdna Foundation provided leadership funding for the convening, as a component of its overall support of SNAAP.

Building upon cutting-edge research--much of it emerging from SNAAP as well as other sources--participants investigated such questions as:

  • Where do artists work and how do they make a living?
  • Is their training relevant?
  • What do arts graduates, and those who train them, need to know about future trends in the artistic and creative labor market?
  • What do we need to know to better serve students from less privileged backgrounds?
  • What are the critical issues policy-makers and educational leaders must address to ensure the relevance and vitality of arts degrees, programs and schools in the future?

The meeting was fueled by a sense of urgency regarding:

  • the creative marketplace is undergoing rapid transformation,
  • institutions of higher learner are facing escalating accountability standards
  • issues of equity and access continue to plague the field.

Within this context, meeting participants probed issues ranging from curricular reform to institutional transformation--along the way covering such themes as the social life of the artist, mission and marketplace, the artist's "tool-kit" for a changing world, and the equity and access imperative. As one participant took note, "We are in the middle of a Renaissance. Arts programs that jump on the bandwagon today and help shape this new Renaissance will be the ones that thrive...."

Please click on the following links to view the conference summary, agenda, speakers, presentations, attendee list, and keynote address.

Conference Summary

Brief Video

Speakers

Presentations

Attendee List

Mary Schmidt Campbell's Keynote Speech, "Life after Art School, or Why Attend a School of the Arts"

Reports & Findings

SNAAP DataBrief

SNAAP issues the DataBrief, a digest of key findings from our research. Subscribe here.

2014

Volume 2, Number 5 (Spotlight on Graduation)

Volume 2, Number 4 (Spotlight on Study Abroad)

Volume 2, Number 3 (Who's Involved? Spotlight on Co-Curricular Activities)

Volume 2, Number 2 (Who's Involved? Spotlight on Community Service )

Volume 2, Number 1 (Spotlight on the Impact of Artists in the Family)

2013

Volume 1, Number 10 (Spotlight on Sense of Belonging and Attachment at School)

Volume 1, Number 9 (Spotlight on Time to Degree Completion)

Volume 1, Number 8 (Spotlight on Geography)

Volume 1, Number 7 (Spotlight on "Uneven" Artistic Careers)

Volume 1, Number 6 (Arts Training: Who's Satisfied?)

Volume 1, Number 5 (Spotlight on Difference by Major)

Volume 1, Number 4 (Spotlight on Lifelong Involvement in the Arts)

Volume 1, Number 3 (Arts Alumni and School Type)

Volume 1, Number 2 (Multiple Job-Holding by Arts Graduates)

Volume 1, Number 1 (Arts Degrees Valued in New Light)

SNAAP Special Report

Painting with Broader Strokes: Reassessing the Value of an Arts Degree >>

Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this special report challenges existing views on the long-term value of intensive training in the arts in secondary and postsecondary education.

2012 Findings

2013 SNAAP Annual Report (PDF) >>

"An Uneven Canvas: Inequalities in Artistic Training and Careers"

Based on data from over 65,000 arts alumni nationwide, findings from this report show that a postsecondary arts education affords some unique advantages for women, minorities, and disadvantaged students. However, significant gaps remain and inequalities persist related to school debt, racial diversity within artistic occupations, and disparities in earnings by gender.

Printed copies are available on request @ $15. Please contact us at snaap@indiana.edu to place an order.

SNAAP 2012 Aggregate Frequency Report (PDF) >>

This report contains the response frequencies for all alumni who responded to the 2012 SNAAP survey. A description of the respondents can be found in the Alumni Characteristics section on pages 6-7.

SNAAP 2011 and 2012 Aggregate Frequency Report (PDF)>>

This report contains the response frequencies for all alumni who responded to the 2011 and 2012 SNAAP surveys.

2011 Findings

2012 SNAAP Annual Report (PDF) >>

"A Diverse Palette: What Arts Graduates Say About Their Education and Careers"

Written by SNAAP staff, this report presents selected findings about the lives and careers of arts alumni based on the responses to the 2011 survey.

Printed copies are available on request @ $15. Please contact us at snaap@indiana.edu to place an order.

SNAAP 2011 Aggregate Frequency Report (PDF) >>

This report contains the response frequencies for all alumni who responded to the 2011 SNAAP survey. A description of the respondents can be found in the Alumni Characteristics section on pages 7-8.

SnaapShot of 2011 Data

2010 Findings

2011 SNAAP Annual Report (PDF) >>

"Forks in the Road: The Many Paths of Arts Alumni" presents selected findings about the lives and careers of arts alumni based on the responses to the 2010 field test questionnaire.

SNAAP 2010 Aggregate Frequency Report (PDF) >>

This report contains the response frequencies for all alumni who responded to the 2010 SNAAP survey. A description of the respondents can be found in the Alumni Characteristics section on pages 13-14 of the report.

SnaapShot of 2010 Data

2009 Findings

SNAAP 2009 Aggregate Frequency Report (PDF)>>

This report contains the response frequencies for all alumni who responded to the 2009 SNAAP survey. A description of the respondents can be found in the Alumni Characteristics section of the report.