On February 12, 1996 an article titled “As Patrons Age, Future of Arts is Uncertain” appeared in the New York Times (Miller 1996). It galvanised attention on the question of the aging of arts audiences in the United States. The findings of the National Endowment for the Arts Research Division Report #34, Age and Arts Participation, released that same year, largely supported this assertion and helped to energize the debate over the aging of arts audiences. While many interested in arts policy echoed the fears of aging, the findings were hotly contested by some arts presenters who said that they did not perceive their audiences as aging. · Go to Age and Arts Participation, 1982-1997 →