An American Paradox
A COUNTRY THAT LOVES ART, NOT ARTISTS
In a survey of attitudes toward artists in the US a vast majority of Americans, 96%, said they were greatly inspired by various kinds of art and highly value art in their lives and communities. But the data suggests a strange paradox.
While Americans value art, the end product, they do not value what artists do. Only 27% of respondents believe that artists contribute "a lot" to the good of society.
Further interview data from the study reflects a strong sentiment in the cultural community that society does not value art making as legitimate work worthy of compensation. Many perceive the making of art as a frivolous or recreational pursuit.
USA hopes to help close the gap between the love of art and the ambivalence toward artists in society.
Other insights further illuminate the depth of the paradox:
A majority of parents think that teaching the arts is as important as reading, math, science, history, and geog