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The National Endowment for the Arts released highlights from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, which showed persistent patterns of decline in participation in most art forms. Among the findings:

- Attendance at the most popular type of arts events- such as art museums and craft/visual arts festivals- saw notable declines

- Between 1982 and 2008, attendance at performing arts such as classical music, jazz, opera, ballet, musical theatre and dramatic plays has seen double-digit rates of decline

- Fewer adults are creating and performing art

- Forty-five to 54-year-olds- historically dependable arts participants- showed the steepest declines in attendance for most art events, compared with other age groups

- College-educated audiences, including those who advanced degrees and certifications, have curbed their attendance in nearly all art forms

- Less-educated adults have significantly reduced their already low levels of attendance

- Thirty percent of adults who use the Internet, download, watch or listen to music, theatre, or dance performances online at least once a week

- More Americans view or listen to broadcasts and recordings of arts events than attend them live (live theatre being the sole exception)

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