NEW YORK – A new government study shows that the reading of fiction, poetry and adult Americans are renewing their interest in museums, festivals and the performing arts.
On Wednesday, the National Endowment for the Arts published “AMERICAN Trends in Art and literature Read: 2002-2017.” According to the NEA, the percentage of adults reading of fiction has fallen from 45.2 percent in 2012 to 41.8 percent last year. Meanwhile, poetry reading rose from 6.7 percent to 11.7 percent, with the numbers particularly strong among those in the age group of 18-24 years.
Poetry sales in the last few years have increased, driven at least in part by the emergence of, for example, Instagram favorites like Rupi Kaur and Tyler Knott Gregson.
“I suspect online platforms and social media have had a significant influence, as well as other robust, often coordinated outreach activities at local and national level,” said the NEA’s director of literature, Amy Stolls.
“We see really exciting, creative efforts through our grants to publishers and presenters, writers-in-the-schools programs, grants, poets and our great national initiatives, such as the NEA Big Read and Poetry out loud, which in turn many thousands of students and readers to poetry every year, sometimes for the first time.”
Lecture on the general is down: The percentage of adults reading a book not required by the school or the work fell to 52.7 percent in 2017, compared with 54.6 percent in 2012 and 56.6% in 2002.
“U.S. Trends in the Art to be present and the Literary Reading” also showed a downside of yearslong refuses to go to museums and performing arts events, or jazz concerts, drama and musicals, dance and ballet. But the presence of the levels in most of the categories remain those of 2002.
The NEA will release a more comprehensive report next year.