An Uneven Canvas: Inequalities in Artistic Training and Careers

Jun 21, 2013
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This year's annual report focuses on inequalities that persist in the training and careers of arts school graduates from diverse backgrounds. In particular, the report explores gaps in school experience; career opportunities and barriers; and income based on gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES). Based on the responses of 65,837 alumni who took the SNAAP survey in 2011 and 2012, we find that arts institutions afford some unique advantages for women, minorities, and lower-SES students, perhaps giving these institutions an advantage when it comes to supporting and advancing the training and careers of those who have historically faced discrimination. However, significant gaps remain and inequalities persist related to minority enrollment in postsecondary arts institutions, school debt, racial diversity within artistic occupations, and disparities in earnings by gender.