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A Fine Arts Degree May Be a Better Choice Than You Think

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 >>

Patterns and Pathways: Artists and Creative Work in a Changing Economy

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.

ArtsForce: University of Utah's Answer to Readying Arts Students for the Workforce

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.

Barriers to Recognizing Arts Entrepreneurship Education as Essential to Professional Arts Training

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 >>

Life after the Assembly Line

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

Labor, Life, and the Pursuit of Happiness for Arts Alumni

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 >>

Creative Work and the Work of Creativity: Arts Graduates in a Changing Economy

Steven J. Tepper gives the commencement speech at Penn State University's College of Arts and Architecture using SNAAP data. Continue Reading >>

Vox Humana: It's SNAAP!

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 >>

Studying the Arts in Higher Education Creates Artists & Alchemists

Raymond Tymas-Jones blogs about how SNAAP findings shed light on the benefits of skills acquired through arts education. Continue Reading >>

SNAAP in Fast Company Magazine

Steven Tepper writes about artists in the workplace for Fast Company (with apologies to Daniel Pink re the title). Continue Reading >>


Taking Note: Teaching, Writing, and the Value of an Arts Education

Sunil Iyengar analyzes the SNAAP Special Report, "Painting with Broader Stokes: Assessing the Value of an Arts Degree" Continue Reading >>

Oh, SNAAP! It's Arts in Education Week in Arizona

Arizona Commission on the Arts contributor Patrick Fanning discusses SNAAP findings and lifelong learning in the arts. Continue Reading >>

The New York Times Covers SNAAP Findings:

Dispelling myths about job satisfaction, opportunities, and employability... Continue Reading >> Discusses Job Stability for Law and Arts Graduates

Why Attending Law School is the Worst Career Decision You'll Ever Make... Continue Reading >>

SNAAP Featured on

Researcher Jenn Lena shares her Insight on most recent findings... Continue Reading >> Offers a Tongue-in-cheek Look at the Benefits of an Art Degree

College Grads with Fake Majors Somehow Happy and Fulfilled... Continue Reading >>

BFA, BM, BArch, MFA Will These Credentials Be Worth Anything?

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 >>

Art Happens - With or Without a Job

A response to the New York Times' coverage of the SNAAP survey... Continue Reading >>

UCSB Faculty Respond to "Least Useful Majors" Story

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 >>

LSU Dean Cites SNAAP Data

In difficult economic times, applications to the undergraduate theater program at LSU are way up. Continue Reading >>

NYC's Design Schools Are Booming, But Creatives Want Biz Skills

Center for an Urban Future Releases Report on the Impact of Art and Design Colleges in New York. Continue Reading >>

HuffPost Arts: The Artist as Advocate

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 >>

Inside Higher Ed: Douglas Dempster and Steven Tepper on the value of an arts education.

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 >>

Huffington Post: Uncle Henry is Wrong. There's a Lot You Can Do With That Degree.

About three million college students will approach graduation day wondering what the future holds. Continue Reading >>

Inside Higher Education and USA Today: The Myth of the Starving Artist

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

Chronicle of Higher Education: Arts-School Grads: Rich? Don't Count on It. Content? Quite Possibly!

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

Huffington Post: Arts Degrees are Surprisingly Stable

Parents who are worried about the viability of their child's arts degree can now officially breathe a sigh of relief. Continue reading

Exploring ArtsEngine: Integrating the arts into American universities

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

Chronicle of Higher Education: Portrait of the Artists as a Scrappy, Fulfilled Demographic

The struggling artist lives on, but has built a satisfying career in some unexpected ways. Continue reading

Kansas City Star: Artists finding jobs and career satisfaction

Many people still perceive an education in the arts as preparation for living a bohemian life. Continue reading

Arts education delivers a good return on Minnesota's investment.

Budget crises force decisions that either improve a state's economic future or compromise it. Continue Reading >>

Arts grads have gifts that lift our city.

I remember having some reservations when I made the commitment to major in journalism in college. Continue Reading >>

American Public Radio asked arts graduates if they are happy they went to arts school.

Listen to a 10-minute podcast from American RadioWorks, populated by stories from arts graduates.


Snaps for SNAAP: IU Arts survey wins national award

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

National Endowment for the Arts’ Cultural Workforce Symposium

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 Becomes of Arts Alumni?

What makes or breaks an artist? And is there a typical career path? Continue reading

SNAAP Judgments

SNAAP will be a long-term longitudinal survey of arts alumni to show, among other things, “how students in different majors use their arts training in their careers and other aspects of their lives.” Continue reading