Arts & Culture

Over the past decade, Mid-Hudson Valley residents have exhibited consistent views about support for cultural sites in the region.   Majorities of residents, overall, are positive about the cultural opportunities afforded to them locally. They are also satisfied with the amount of funding given to the landmarks and museums in their community.  There are, though, differences on the county level.

Trend

Patronage of the arts is ranked fourteenth on residents’ list of concerns unchanged over the past ten years.  The issue receives an average rating of 6.5 which also has changed little over the years. In 2007, it received an average score of 6.8, and in 2002 it achieved 6.5.

Nearly one in five Mid-Hudson Valley residents calls supporting the arts and culture their top priority. 18%, the same proportion as in 2007, currently give the issue a score of 10 out of 10.

County Comparison

In each of the seven counties, support for the arts and providing more cultural events ranges from twelfth through fifteenth on the ladder of priorities in each of the seven counties. It receives its highest ranking in Putnam and Ulster Counties, and its lowest placement occurs in Sullivan County. There, it is ranked fifteenth.

Support for the arts receives its lowest rating as a priority, yet highest rank, from Greene County residents. On average, county residents rate it a 6.3,and rank it thirteenth out of nineteen priorities.

Demographic Comparison

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Supporting the Arts

Many Mid-Hudson Valley residents from all walks of life generally have a positive view of the cultural sites available to them in their community.  However, there are exceptions.  African American residents, compared with Latino and white residents, are the most displeased with the cultural sites available to them.  Those who plan to leave the Mid-Hudson Valley and residents with low income divide.

Topline Trend

In each of the seven counties, support for the arts and providing more cultural events ranges from twelfth through fifteenth on the ladder of priorities in each of the seven counties. It receives its highest ranking in Putnam and Ulster Counties, and its lowest placement occurs in Sullivan County. There, it is ranked fifteenth.

Support for the arts receives its lowest rating as a priority, yet highest rank, from Greene County residents. On average, county residents rate it a 6.3,and rank it thirteenth out of nineteen priorities.

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Community Rating Trend

A majority of residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley are pleased with the cultural sites they have available to them in their community. 55% rate them as, at least, good. More than four in ten, though, have a lesser impression of them. 43% report nearby landmarks and museums are either fair or poor in quality.

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Community Rating & Region

Regionally, residents of Dutchess County remain the most positive about the cultural sites, such as landmarks and museums, in their community. Similar to 2007, about two-thirds of residents in the area have this opinion. Those in Columbia and Ulster Counties are also upbeat about their local cultural sites. 61% of those in Columbia County and 60% of residents in Ulster County are pleased by their artistic options.

The least satisfaction exists in Putnam and Sullivan Counties. While nearly six in ten residents in Sullivan County believe the quality of their cultural landmarks is lacking, Putnam County residents divide. In 2007, a majority of Putnam County residents, 54%, believed cultural opportunities in their area needed to be rejuvenated.

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Community Rating & Demography

Mid-Hudson Valley residents from all walks of life generally have a positive view of the cultural sites available to them in their community.

Chart: Community Rating: Cultural sites such as landmarks and museumsDescription: Mid-Hudson Valley Arts & Culture 2012: Community Rating & DemographyTags: Many Voices One Valley 2012Author: The Marist Pollcharts powered by iCharts

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Community Spending Trend

Residents’ views about the funding of cultural institutions in the Mid-Hudson Valley have not changed in the last five years. A majority of residents, 52%, believe the appropriate amount of money is being spent on their local cultural sites. 38% say too much is being devoted to culture in the Mid-Hudson Valley, and only 5% think these outlets are receiving too much money. These proportions are the same as they were in 2007.

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Community Spending & Region

At the county level, Sullivan County residents are the least satisfied with the amount of money spent on cultural sites. Half of residents in the area believe too little is being provided to advance these initiatives while four in ten think current funding is appropriate. In 2007, Sullivan County residents divided. 45% believed more resources should go toward funding landmarks, museums, and other cultural works. This compares with 40% who thought funding hit the mark.

Residents in Putnam County have fluctuated on this issue. In 2002, Putnam County was the only county in which a plurality of residents, 48%, believed spending on local cultural sites was too low, compared with 42% who thought it was about right. Five years later, they changed their minds. 50% of Putnam County residents reported the appropriate level of funding was in place. Four in ten thought it fell short. Today, Putnam County residents divide. 47% say the amount of money being spent on cultural sites is appropriate while 45% think more is needed.

In Ulster County, there has been a slight increase in the proportion of residents who believe the correct amount of investment in local cultural sites is occurring, 58% have this view now compared with 52% in 2007 .
Columbia , Dutchess, and Greene County residents are fairly consistent in their views. At least a majority in each of these counties believe the right amount of resources is devoted to this issue. Orange County residents divide. In each of these counties, residents’ views are similar to what they were four years ago.

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Community Spending & Demography

Chart: Community Spending: Cultural sites such as landmarks and museumsDescription: Mid-Hudson Valley Arts & Culture 2012: Community Spending & DemographyTags: Many Voices One Valley 2012Author: The Marist Pollcharts powered by iCharts

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