Monday, June 15, 2009

Arts for all

These are wild and naturalized flowers behind the barn late this evening, shortly before I saw a raccoon sitting under a black locust tree. Yellow hawkweed is in the foreground, about to open; purple phlox in the center.

As if to punctuate my last post, this evening's radio news reported that a study by the National Endowment for the Arts concluded that the number of amateurs pursuing creative work in the arts has increased, particularly in such areas as photography, painting, weaving, and music-making. Meanwhile, attendance at arts events is in decline: fewer spectators attend concerts, festivals, exhibits, and the like. This is a good sign.

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