Tuesday, November 17, 2020

How Do Americans Feel About the Arts? A New Survey Offers Insights

By Hakim Bishara
A breakdown of the favorability responses by discipline: 35% of Americans view the arts as very favorable; 45% as somewhat favorable; 16% as somewhat unfavorable; and 4% as very unfavorable (courtesy the American Academy of Arts and Sciences)
Most Americans have a positive attitude towards arts and humanities, a new study reports. But their relationship to art and art history varies significantly according to their political leanings, socioeconomic status, and gender. According to the study, 80% of American adults hold a “very favorable” or “somewhat favorable” view of the arts (35% reported the former). It also found that Latinx and Black Americans are nearly three times as likely to have frequently attended poetry or literature readings and other literary events as white Americans; the youngest adults among Black and Latinx communities (ages 18-29) are more than twice as likely to attend these events as those 45 and older. [More]