Poll: Nearly half say arts a waste of time, money

A third of us might be considered arts aficionados, but the rest of us just aren't very interested. Seventeen percent of respondents in the Norwalk Reflector's most recent online poll, "Do you support the arts in Norwalk," responded, "I go to every performance and exhibit that I can."
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

A third of us might be considered arts aficionados, but the rest of us just aren't very interested.

Seventeen percent of respondents in the Norwalk Reflector's most recent online poll, "Do you support the arts in Norwalk," responded, "I go to every performance and exhibit that I can."

Another 16 percent expressed interest, but also disappointment, saying, "I would go, but there's never anything I'm interested in."

Twelve percent went with "I support them, I just don't want to have to see them," and 48 percent said, "Can you say, 'waste of time and money'?"

Seven percent said, "I get all the arts I need from Aaron Krause's reviews."

Comments

clayvin (Anonymous)

If it doesn't involve beer, wrasslin' or gambling, we norwalkians aren't interested. We might have to get off the couch. Besides that, we wouldn't know art or music if it bit us on the...well, you know.

ugh (Anonymous)

this is why norwalk frustrates me sometimes. come on guys, let's shed that hick-town image!

Karen (Anonymous)

The lack of interest in the arts speaks volumes about the quality of life in this community. And we wonder why the "best and brightest" leave.

Beth (Anonymous)

I am terrible at any artform there is. I don't even like it much because I'm bad at it. But, I wish I was artistic, and I very much support the people who are. The arts are very good for people. So just because you don't like something, you should still support it for those who do, if it is something good. It's good for the children. I know my children love the arts, and it brings out their creativity and opens their minds to different things. Too bad I never had any type of arts to get into. I might have been more creative too.

AlterEgo (Anonymous)

This should not suprise anyone. This is how the majority of the country feels. Even in the large cities a majority doesn't care one way or the other. This is why Cleveland had to force a tax onto all citizens to pay for the arts because it is not a self sustaining endeavor.

Small town Amer...

There are many reasons why the "arts" fail in Norwalk and why they'll continue to fail. People don't care. The typical citizen of Norwalk is not necessarily educated to "appreciate" art in any form unless its Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, or some other form of reality TV. Childern do not have avenues to channel creative juices outside the walls of the classroom and I haven't seen much encouragement. If parents didn't have children in school plays or dancing or singing recitals, they wouldn't attend. If you don't know an artist personally, why go to and support an art gallery? This is the narrow minded focus of many small towns. Not all, just most. For example, look at the obstacles in Norwalk getting a skate park. Skateboarding is an expression of not only athletism but also a form of art. These parks are thriving across America in cities as small as Norwalk, but we'd rather sit on our couch and complain about the today's youth instead of helping them explore their interests. (By the way, I'm 28.) I'd also like to disagree that the "majority of the country" is having problems with art. Look at Chicago and Columbus, Oh for example. Chicago has a world famous Art Museum with people travelling from all over to attend. They have public art exhibits in and throughout the City Parks. Musicians on street corners. Scupltures along major roadways. Columbus has gallery hops in the Short North along High St. every month that are overflowing with artists showing off their work and eager consumers hoping to take a piece home with them. But then again, the Short North is synonymous with the homosexual lifestyle. I guess people cannot support the arts in Columbus because they're "gay."

Less artsy, mor...

That decribes Norwalk in a nutshell. Why is Towne and Country theatre always for sale? Because this community won't support it. Too bad, too. When we were kids that was the place to go every Sat. afternoon. It's a different culture now. Everybody is in a big fat hurry all the time. Nobody takes the time to appreciate the arts anymore.

what norwalk ne...

Is a real bowling alley and combo skateing rink pool hall, no maple tree disco fight, just a brand new facility ran by proffesional people, then maybe we could have some kind of entertainment, doesnt always have to include alcohol, we have bars, casa fiesta and a movie theatre, oh and wall mart , big deal, forget the arts for now.........

AlterEgo (Anonymous)

re: small town. I assume you are talking about the Art Institute of Chicago, yes a beautiful place, but less than 5% of their operating revenue comes from general admission to the museum. Most of their revenue comes from tuition to the school and private donations. A Chicago Park District tax also accounts for 5% of revenue. The Chicago Metropolitan area has over 9.5 million people. Compare that to Cleveland Metro of 2.1 million and Columbus at 1.7 million. Given those populations it would stand to reason that Cleveland and Columbus together could support a half of one such institution.

AlterEgo (Anonymous)

re: small town. Also it has absolutely nothing to do with education. I think I am an educated man, I have a graduate degree in management and I have little if any intrest in going to these forums. It has more to do with entertainment.

van (Anonymous)

Well, AlterEgo, that graduate degree in management is probably the reason you have no interest in the arts. Most people are forced to focus on one field and therefore have blinders on concerning anything else. Exactly why there should be more focus on arts in our educational system. Many of us miss a great deal of what life has to offer and unfortunately what they are missing is what sets us above animals.

AlterEgo (Anonymous)

van: what do you do for a living? I am just curious.

van (Anonymous)

Let's just say I am gainfully employed and I am not an artist nor do I profit financialy from the arts.

RE: Van (Anonymous)

Then you should just leave people alone!

van (Anonymous)

Huh??

Re: van (Anonymous)

ROTFLMFAO!!!!!

Van Nelah (Anon...

What is going on here? Eddie said you called.

LMAO (Anonymous)

van wrote on Oct 1, 2007 12:14 AM:

" Huh?? "

RE: Van wrote on Sep 30, 2007 6:32 AM:

" Then you should just leave people alone! "

van wrote on Sep 30, 2007 12:00 AM:

" Let's just say I am gainfully employed and I am not an artist nor do I profit financialy from the arts. "

AlterEgo wrote on Sep 28, 2007 10:36 PM:

" van: what do you do for a living? I am just curious.

Proof positive ...

more arts and culture read some of the posts here!!!!!!!!!!!!

RE:Proof positi...

More fartsy, less artsy.

me (Anonymous)

People don't patronize the arts because they don't see the relavancy in their life. Life has become all about gaining, maintaining, and losing control. We're not concerned with why we're here, with becomeing one with God, with love, with helping and supporting one another. The arts are an avenue to the soul, a path not enticing to narrow minded capitalistic control freaks, which each of us are becuase that is the nature of our society. Nothing about art has anything to do with money. Unfortunately, we humans can't see past our wallets on this planet.

I for one would...

But I do like to look at them.