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The NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts has generated a variety of responses, but has mostly been perceived as yet another version of the "arts in crisis" message. The Los Angeles Times dug a little deeper into the report and found another point worth emphasizing: the arts are not alone...
"The NEA's Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in May 2008 (before the current economic downturn), reported that 34.6% of adults had gone at least once in the previous 12 months to an art museum or seen a play, jazz performance, classical concert, opera or dance -- the lowest percentage in a quarter century. Those who did attend went less frequently, averaging about five times a year instead of six. Only two arts categories -- musical theater and non-ballet dance performances -- enjoyed attendance growth.
But a surprise in the survey is that, over the course of the last
quarter-century, the arts look like a bastion of stability compared
with other popular leisure activities in which masses of Americans
traditionally have invested time, money and the effort it takes to show
up in person and sit among strangers."
Read all of The arts see encouraging news in NEA survey.
Not exactly a "break open the champagne" kind of message, but it is a little comforting to know that the arts are in the same boat with some pretty big players in the battle to slay the couch-potato-ease-of-use-everything-at-our-fingertips-live-life-from-the-sofa dragon.
On the other hand, football attendees have to sit outside in the wintertime ...
Highlights from the NEA's 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.
The NEA 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (the whole magilla).