Dear Evolving God, we are so grateful that you love creativity and are still making masterpieces: the universe is a work in progress. Help us to see and appreciate the diversity, beauty, and transformative powers of all the arts as they lift our spirits and send us on our way rejoicing.REPORT: The National Endowment of the Arts states that there has been a decline in attendance at both the visual and performing arts. When people were asked why they ended up staying home, they cited lack of time, inaccessibility of arts venues, having nobody to go with them, and ticket prices. This "missing audience" make up 13% of the population or 31 million Americans. Another factor that may explain the decline in attendance is the rise of the smartphone and e-reader. As of 2012, only 33 percent of American adults attended one of the "benchmark" arts – classical music, opera, theatre, ballet, or visits to an art museum or gallery. (Pacific Standard Magazine)
Lover of Beauty, help us to remember the magic moments when we were deeply stirred by a music concert or exhibit. Encourage us to avail ourselves of these soul-building events. Send your creative spirit to assist arts organizations as they try to find new and convincing ways to attract their missing audiences.