Californians overwhelmingly support arts funding and arts in the schools. That's the conclusion of research released by the California Arts Council in December.
According to the state Arts Council-sponsored study, more than 78 percent of Californians would be willing to spend $5 each in additional state taxes to fund the arts. Survey findings indicate that 81 percent believe arts improve the academic performance of children and 90 percent believe the government should play a role in arts funding.
Also indicative of high public interest in the arts was the finding that 83 percent of those surveyed attended a performing or visual arts event at least once in the past year and 31 percent attended four or more performances a year.
In addition, support for increased funding for the arts came from a wide spectrum on the socioeconomic scale, including 78 percent of African-Americans surveyed, 71 percent of those with incomes of less than $50,000 per year and 70 percent of people ages 18-29. People in lower income brackets had higher percentages than others in their support for more arts in schools.