SNAAP: Tracking The Lives and Careers of Arts Graduates

SNAAP is a wonderful long overdue project to track the lives and careers of arts graduates. I am so happy to see this work begin. However, with 13,851 respondents this does not (yet) even represent 1% of our sector. All the same, it is a beginning! So kudo’s to George Kuh and Sally Galski. This has great long term potential to tremendously help and shape our sector’s future.

  • How much do arts graduates earn?
  • Where do artists reside?
  • How satisfied are arts alumni with their education?
  • How many arts alumni have graduate degrees?

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has created this unique website to frame a clearer picture of arts alumni in America. This is just the beginning. Each year more and more survey respondents provide more information for the next generation of arts students.

Click through the site to gain current knowledge on issues regarding arts majors, skills, locations, degrees, occupations and debt & earnings.


Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research
SNAAP is based at the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research in Bloomington, Indiana. The Center is also home to the widely used National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and related surveys that focus on student experiences and educational effectiveness in postsecondary education. George Kuh, founding director of NSSE and the Center for Postsecondary Research, serves as director and principal investigator of SNAAP.SNAAP collaborates with the Indiana University Center for Survey Research which carries out all aspects of the SNAAP survey administration. Over the past decade, these two Indiana University research centers have successfully administered large scale, cost-recovery surveys of millions of students and alumni across the country.

Vanderbilt University Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy
Vanderbilt’s Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy is the key partner and collaborator for SNAAP. Steven J. Tepper, SNAAP Senior Scholar and Curb Center Associate Director, and his associates provide key consultation on various aspects of the project, including survey design and research.Curb Center staff will take the lead in producing a highly visible national report – Training and Preparing Artists and Creative Workers in the 21st Century – that will place SNAAP’s findings in a national context.


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