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Half of Americans "Created Art" Last Year . . . But Dancing at a Wedding and Instagramming Your Breakfast Count as Creating Art


Who knew when you were dancing to "Gangnam Style" at your cousin's wedding last summer, you were PROMOTING THE ARTS.
 
According to a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts, about HALF of Americans created art last year.  But . . . it's only because their definition of "art" is VERY liberal.  Maybe even more liberal than their politics.
 
The most common type of art we created last year was . . . dancing at a wedding or a club.  Yes, they count, quote, "social dancing" as art.  32% of American adults danced last year and let their artistic souls show.
 
The second-most common way we made art last year was . . . posting photos on Facebook and Instagram.  And not just photos YOU took . . . ANY photos.  26% of Americans emailed, posted, or shared photos in 2012.
 
And the third-most common way we made art was . . . illegally trading music.  21% of Americans emailed, posted, or shared music last year.  So sharing an mp3 or posting a song on Facebook counts as art.
 
As for REAL art creation, last year 13% of people weaved, quilted, sewed, or knitted . . . 12% took photos specifically for artistic purposes . . . 12% played a musical instrument . . . 9% sang . . . and 8% did leatherwork, metalwork, or woodwork.  (Arts.gov)
 

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