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NEA annual survey: Those age 44 and under lead arts audiences in U.S.

A recent survey by the National Endowment of the Arts shows that more than 70 percent of people age 44 and under attended arts events annually.

(USE THIS PHOTO) People look at the art installation "Floating the Waller" by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects, which was part of the Waller Creek Conservancy's "Creek Show" in downtown Austin on Saturday November 14, 2015. Five light installations will illuminate Waller Creek between 5th and 8th streets through November 21. The show is meant to celebrate the creek and bring awareness to its future transformation. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The illuminated installation “Floating the Waller” by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects,  was part of the Waller Creek Conservancy’s “Creek Show” in  2015. This year’s “Creek Show” runs Nov. 10-19.  JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Results from the NEA’s Annual Arts Basic Survey, released today, show that the younger people bested those 45 and older when it comes to attending arts and culture events.

In other words, when broadly defined as the NEA defines arts events (see chart below), it’s not just “people of a certain” age who show up.

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