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Key Updates & Benefits

SNAAP will offer key updates to the design and administration of the 2022 survey, including:

  • A more inclusive, expanded survey administration. The 2022 survey will include more robust recruitment of a greater diversity of arts schools and alumni. There will be greater Inclusivity in terms of survey administration process and in terms of questions asked to help inform the broader arts in higher education field and each participating institution.

  • Impact of Covid-19 on arts alumni. The 2022 SNAAP survey will explore the enormous and likely lasting disruption the pandemic has created in the lives and careers of artists and creatives providing data-driven insights on how schools can prepare future artists.

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion. The 2022 survey will survey a more diverse pool of alumni respondents with demographic questions attending to race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and ability/disability as well as alumni perceptions of belonging and inclusion.

The importance of and need for these key updates was amplified in spring 2020 amid intensified calls for racial equity, as simultaneously was the need for insights on the impacts of the pandemic on artists, on employment and work structures within the creative and cultural ecosystem, and what training, skills and ways of knowing, creating and working will artists both need and plausibly lead in our post-pandemic” world. 

Why is SNAAP important now?

Arts training institutions have articulated an urgent need for objective data. The information that SNAAP provides is especially timely, given the changing environment in which arts training institutions operate: career opportunities are shifting, competition for both students and resources is on the rise, a generational shift in leadership is underway, and a global pandemic rages on. Institutions require data to respond and plan effectively. Accreditation requirements also include data regarding alumni paths.

For postsecondary institutions that grant degrees in the arts SNAAP provides information to:

  • address alumni career needs, enhance developments efforts, and improve institutional hires
  • strengthen curriculum by discovering what artists need to advance in rapidly changing arts fields
  • clarify what students learned and how it has been used in both arts and non-arts contexts
  • compare their work to that of similar institutions to identify relative strengths and areas needing attention

For policy makers, community development professionals and funders, SNAAP provides systemic information about:

  • what led artists to pursue careers in the arts and other fields, including financing and other resource factors
  • local and regional arts workforce issues and market patterns for community developers and planners
  • how students who have trained intensively in the arts contribute to the creative economy nationally
  • gaps in the arts training ecology, across disciplines, at different training junctures and across various geographic locales
  • support mechanisms and resources needed to encourage and sustain artists in their most vulnerable five years after school and beyond

For parents and students considering intensive arts training, SNAAP provides information about:

  • arts career paths
  • educational resources
  • the roles of professional relationships
  • obstacles to achieving arts training and professional goals