Today’s blog post is written by Paul Miller, VP Sales – Non-Profit Ticketing, PatronManager.
It’s officially back-to-school time! Conditioned by years of being a student, and fifteen years of working in higher education after that, the fall season makes me want to take a step back from my normal day-to-day work and just study — for me, that means looking at research that’s being done in the arts and technology sectors. (It also makes me want to smell a new box of crayons and eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.) Last week I read two studies that, when read in succession, have me a little concerned about the future of the arts. Neither study presented anything too surprising, but reading them back-to-back painted an interesting picture that I would like to share with you.
State of the Arts
In the first study, the National Endowment for the Arts reported that “between 2012 and 2017, the share of adults who attended visual or performing arts activities grew by 3.6 percentage points to 132.3 million people, representing nearly 54 percent of the U.S. adult population.” On the surface, that sounds pretty great, but digging into the full report, I found a slightly different story. Read the Article