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Arts survey shows decline in attendance at theater

Thursday - 9/26/2013, 8:23am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new survey shows attendance at plays, musicals and museums declined nationwide since 2008.

The survey released Thursday by the National Endowment for the Arts shows large numbers of U.S. adults say they take part in some type of arts activity.

More than 70 percent accessed some type of art through electronic media. About half say they have attended some type of visual or performing arts activity. Half also say they have created, performed or shared art.

But there were declines. Musicals saw a 9 percent decline in attendance. Attendance at plays declined 12 percent, and museums saw a 2 percent decline in attendance.

The Survey of Public Participation in the Arts was conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012. It included a national sample size of 37,266 adults.


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