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Do you participate in the arts?

Posted at 11:49 AM on June 24, 2009 by Rex Levang

Are you a photographer? Do you go to salsa concerts? Are you attending more operas than a few years ago, or not as many?

All these ways of participating in the arts, and more, have been surveyed by the National Endowment for the Arts, and the results are out.

It was a pleasant surprise to see that 3 percent of the adult population performs or creates classical music--I might not have guessed that high. Photography, to answer that question, is getting more popular. And there have been some other statistical upticks in the past couple years.

So there's some positive news. But that's against a larger backdrop of aging audiences and what they're calling "a persistent pattern of decline." See the whole report here.