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)