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Coloradoans lead country in appreciation of the arts

by | Oct 17, 2016 | Blog

Colorado boasts one of the healthiest populations in the country. But now comes news that we aren’t just physically fit, but also artistically “fit” as well.

According to a recent study by the National Endowment of the Arts, as reported by the Denver Post, “Coloradans watch movies, visit art galleries, see plays and read books more than almost any other state in the U.S.”

The results of the study, notes the Post, “seem to validate the seven-county metro area’s Scientific and Cultural Facilities District program—a voter-approved tax district that supports art, music, theater, dance and museums.” The article also credits an influx of millennials to the state for Colorado’s high numbers, “given that people ages 18 to 24 tend to participate in the arts at higher rates than older adults, according to the NEA study.”

According to the NEA’s findings, Colorado ranked:

1 in the percentage of residents who perform or create artworks (64.6%, followed by Vermont at 64%).

2 for residents who attend films (68.5%, just behind Idaho residents’ 73.4%).

2 for visiting historic buildings, neighborhoods and parks (41.2%).

3 in reading literature (59%).

No. 3 in attendance of live music, theater or dance (44.4%).

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