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On Monday night, non-profit organization Americans for the Arts held its annual fundraising gala in the Cipriani ballroom across from New York’s Grand Central Station. The black tie affair brought together a blue chip who’s who including RoseLee Goldberg, Agnes Gund, and Jeffrey Deitch as well as artists like Frank Stella and Will Cotton. Cocktail hour offered guests the chance to pick up a limited-edition print by Shepard Fairey to benefit the charity. “I feel like a bit of an imposter in this realm because I come from a not-asking-for-permission background,” admitted Fairey, who looked oddly at home in a suit. “But I am enjoying the company.”

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A study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts showed that the number of people attending arts events in the United States continues to decline. In 2012, approximately 33% of adults, or 78 million individuals, visited an art museum or gallery, or attended at least one performing arts event. In 2008, the last time the NEA conducted its survey, 34.6% of adults attended arts events. The NEA began tracking arts attendance in 1982 and found that turnouts have been on a steady decline since 1992.

The advocacy group, Americans for the Arts, recently conducted a similar survey called the National Arts Index. The organization’s findings were on par with the NEA’s, showing that the health and vitality of the arts in the U.S. has been on a downward slope since 2011.

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