And you thought you weren’t an artist!

The National Endowment for the Arts occasional conducts a nation-wide study from time-to-time to see how people like you or I participate in the arts.

They’ve been conducting the survey since the early 1980s in partnership with the United States Census Bureau. And for 2012 the study looked at five specific categories of the arts: attending, reading, learning, making/sharing art, and consuming art via electronic media.

What did they find?

Well, they found a lot of peculiar things about how the nation interacts with (and makes) art. Most notablya big percentage of adults from 18-34 years old participated in social dancing, which is considered to be a form of making art. 40% of adults dance, to be exact!

How about that? Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an artist, but you occasionally like to “shake what your momma gave you,” you’re performing a type of art! You’re an artist! Sure, it’s not the common type of art as you and I might typically think of it, but why not?

Art is all about expression, creating something sensory (for others to taste, feel, see, touch, or hear), and dancing is just that.

Other interesting findings from the survey include:

  • 15% of those surveyed shared their own artistic photos (Instagram or Flickr, anyone?)
  • 71% of Americans accessed art digitally, either through their computer, phone, TV, or other forms
  • 12% of adults play (or have played) a musical instrument of some type

For more information on the study and the interesting results, visit Though note that the full survey results won’t be released until 2014.

Hat tip to Explore for the original link to the study.

Photo via Dino ahmad ali.