New studies show decline in arts attendance in young generations, but who or what is to blame remains a debate.
Early 1970's "back to basics" movements in
education mark a change in generations attendance of art events and
drops continue. The downward spike in arts attendance- from visual and
performing to music arts is greater for black and latino populations
than for caucasian populations. This fact has added to the argument
that arts funding and education in schools, slimmer in minority areas,
is a crucial factor in cultivating arts interest young generations.
Another argument is simple number comparison to previous generations-
there are fewer youths today than the high-water mark of the baby-boom
generation. Additional research, and most alarming, is the lack of the
well rounded consuming cultural consumer the report calls the
"omnivore," who accounts for nearly 60% of arts attendance across the
board. The "omnivore" population percentage has declined. Weather due
to age or decline of arts education the trend will have to be corrected
to keep cultural institutions in business.
Full coverage in the LA Times.