New Survey Will Examine What Makes Arts-School Graduates Succeed or Fail

What makes or breaks an artist?

An ambitious national survey of arts-school graduates, which kicks off today, seeks to answer that question by providing a statistical portrait of the lives and careers of dancers, musicians, Web artists, painters, writers, and other members of the nation's creative class.

The annual online survey, called the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, or SNAAP, will collect, analyze, and disseminate national data on graduates of