Friday, December 11, 2009

NEA releases results from 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts


Officials at the National Endowment for the Arts released the results of their 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts. For adults aged 18 and older, there was a decline in the attendance of "benchmark" cultural activities between 2002 and 2008. "Benchmark" cultural activities include theatre, movies, concerts, museums/galleries visits and more.

In an article written by Hillel Italie of The Associated Press, Jesse Rosen of the League of American Orchestras said, "There is a fundamental change happening in our lives. There's a sense that we have an old way of defining participating in the arts and that the public is redefining what participation means. The challenge for us is to see where the public is and engage with them and adapt."

You can read the full article written by Italie here on the Web site of the Journal & Courier, Lafayette and West Lafayette's daily newspaper. You can read the full survey here.

A number of reasons for the decrease were suggested in Italie's article, including cuts in arts classes, a decline in personal leisure time and the rise of the Internet. Consider the environment for cultural activities in Tippecanoe County and the surrounding area - live theatre, concerts, movies, museums and galleries, and more. What events do you attend? What influences your decisions on whether to attend?

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