Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
Two things stood out to me from the survey results we looked at last week, from the SPPA and the NEA Research Report – first, that education level had such a huge impact in determining whether or not someone would participate in the arts, and second that there is such a rise in participation via media and technology. I was interested, therefore, to see that these two issues were primary in Artsy’s Carter Cleveland’s predictions on the future of art. Part of his prediction is that education will ensure the longevity of art and its importance. Another part is that as art becomes more accessible at home and on the go, through the internet and apps, that the art world’s exclusivity will diminish and it will become a realm in which nearly anyone can participate. The article points out that with tools such as Google Cultural Institute, hundreds of museums are suddenly accessible at our fingertips, even ones that charge admission.
While I’m so happy that art is becoming more widely accessible, I do wonder if these digital tools are detracting from the experience of a face to face encounter with art. What is the value in seeing a work of art or performance in person vs. seeing reproductions (for free) online? I believe there is, but if these tools can bring awareness of art to more people, and get them interested enough to seek out art experiences on their own, I think they can be valuable too.