The number of U.S. adults who said they had visited a crafts fair or a visual arts festival in the past year decreased from a peak of 75 million in 1992 to 54 million in 2008. This reflects a decrease in participation from 41% to 25% of the adult population. Any idea what caused the huge rise from 1985 to 1992? Could we make that happen again?
The data is from the NEA Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, a great source of information regarding U.S. adult participation in such things as attending concerts and plays, visiting museums, playing a musical instrument, creating a craft, or reading literature.