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Access to and participation in the arts: The case of those with low incomes/educational attainment

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This paper looks at the issue of access to the arts in terms of the very unequal attendance at and audiences for the high arts by educational grouping. The meaning of equal access is analysed, recent data for two countries, namely the United States and Ireland, are examined and new evidence is proffered. The constraints/barriers to, and the rationale for, more equal attendance/audiences are examined. The paper concludes by outlining a number of possible responses to this continuing problem.

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O’Hagan, J.W. Access to and participation in the arts: The case of those with low incomes/educational attainment. J Cult Econ 20, 269–282 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10824-005-0282-4

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Key words

  • access
  • participation rates
  • attendance rates
  • public funding