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Arts Index report sees hope despite fourth straight drop in 2011
Arts Index report sees hope despite fourth straight drop in 2011

This post has been corrected. Please see below for details. The health of the arts in the United States worsened for a fourth straight year during 2011, according to the latest National Arts Index report, released this week by the advocacy group Americans for the Arts. But its authors did see signs of an eventual turnaround. The rate of decline continued to slow in 2011, and they said this leveling-off is likely to presage an upturn when complete figures for 2012 and 2013 come in. The aim of the National Arts Index is to distill the health of the arts into a single number. It's derived by weighing a number of statistics and estimates. Factors include employment, earnings, donations and...

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