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Texas Voter Survey

Mike Baselice, of Baselice and Associates, Inc. oversaw the Texas Cultural Trust’s 2018 Texas Voter Survey, which was conducted August 13-21, 2018 among N=600 Texas voters to measure their attitudes about increased funding for arts education. The poll was conducted online and carries a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points. The Texas Cultural Trust’s 2016 Texas Parent Survey was conducted September 20-30, 2016 and queried N=603 Texas parents to measure their attitudes about arts education. The poll was conducted online and half of respondents (n=303 interviews) were in the Houston media market, with the other half (n=300) representing the rest of the state. Each of the 300 or 303 responses carries a margin of error of +/- 5.7 percentage points. Respondents were required to have pre-school or school-age children in order to qualify for the survey.

Economic Impact Data

Research into the economic impact of the Arts and Culture Industry was conducted for the Texas Cultural Trust by Travis James of TXP, Inc. The research utilized data sets from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Economic Development and Tourism Division of the Office of the Governor, and D.K. Shifflet & Associates. The objectives of the research were to assess the statewide economic impact of the 42 industry sectors that comprise the Arts and Culture Industry, the 10,600 Arts and Culture Industry businesses throughout Texas that employ nearly 130,000 workers, and the impact of Arts and Culture travel and tourism dollars.

Education Data

Research on student access to the arts was conducted for the Texas Cultural Trust by Dr. Brent Hasty from MINDPOP and Austin ISD partners in early 2018. The study utilized Texas Education Agency (TEA) data from the 2016-17 school year for every district and campus reporting to the state. Campus level data, including campus ratings, number of students, number of arts teachers, number of credits earned for arts classes and other classes, were aggregated to the district level to determine student-teacher ratios for arts teachers, number of unique arts courses taught, and average arts credits earned. From the district levels, averages were examined by region, by level (elementary, middle and high), by classification (urban, rural, etc), and the state overall. Analyses of Variance (ANOVA) were examined to ascertain the relationship between four campus level arts inputs and the state campus accountability rating. Because school structures and programs differ greatly by school level (i.e., elementary, middle, and high), analyses were run separately for each level. Each relationship that is reported as significant was at the p<.05 level.

Research on student success was conducted for the Texas Cultural Trust by MINDPOP, E3 Alliance, and Austin ISD in November 2014. The study utilized longitudinal statewide education data from The University of Texas at Austin’s Education Research Center (ERC), and focused on outcomes for middle and high school students based on their cumulative enrollment in arts courses. Academic outcomes examined included school attendance, standardized test passing rates, graduation rates, and post-secondary enrollment. The cohorts included students registered between 2010–2011 and 2012–2013 (middle school), and between 2009–2010 and 2012–2013 (high school).

Creative and Design

Screamer Co. is a boutique advertising agency based in Austin, Texas, specializing in helping brands find their voice and speak to the world in a compelling manner. Screamer Co. was responsible for distilling partner data into the final Art Can campaign.

Art Can Map

January Advisors is a data science consulting firm. They help people discover the stories inside of their data. January Advisors is responsible for the data visualization in the Art Can Map.

Organizational Partners

Texas Commission on the Arts

The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives.

Texans for the Arts

Texans for the Arts (TFA) is a highly effective, non-partisan statewide arts advocacy organization that provides coordinated information about legislative activity related to arts issues and organizes advocacy efforts in order to protect and increase public funding for the arts at the state, national and local levels.