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 →