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As one of ten participating
communities in a coordinated data collection effort organized by the
Performing Arts Research Coalition (PARC), a partnership of five major
national service organizations in the arts, Alaska residents were surveyed on a series of topics related to attendance at performing arts events. Questions were asked regarding rates of participation, the perceived value of the performing arts to individuals and to communities, and barriers to greater attendance. Areas of Alaska included in the sample were Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau (including Douglas Island), representing the urban centers of the state and constituting over half of Alaska's population. Among other criteria, Alaska was selected as a study site because of the presence of financially and managerially strong local arts organizations and because at least three of the five disciplines encompassed by the participating national service organizations were represented there. The five participating service organizations in the PARC project were the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance/USA, OPERA America, and Theatre Communications Group. The project was coordinated by OPERA America, with research guidance from the Urban Institute, and supported by a grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts.