NEA Survey + ArtSpark Salon Conversation, OH MY!

ArtSpark’s conversation Salon on August 23rd was an extraordinary event with (very!) passionate participants (thank you Susanna, Chris, Karen, Richard, Burgy and Lauren).  Not only did everyone have thoughtful, critical and illuminating things to say that evening, but the conversation continued in a flurry of emails after the event. The focus of the Salon was the ‘intrinsic’ value of the arts (e.g., Art for Art’s Sake), as reflected in a recent National Endowment for the Arts’ audience development survey results from ABQ’s VSA/North Fourth Art Center by Wolf Brown, a research firm in San Francisco. Rather than attempting to capture

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