According to a piece
in the LA Times, "Popular conception says the arts' supporters are graying and shriveling. But it may be that as the crowd's individuals change, its age doesn't."
This is an interesting concept - that arts patrons are always older. Does this generalization fit the ABQ audience? Personally, when the spouse and I see live theater in town, we're almost always the youngest people in the audience and we're not in our 20s anymore. Hell, I'm not even in my 30s. By contrast, we saw a nice mixture of ages at Globalquerque
, but even that demographic, IMHO, skewed to the 30 and over crowd.
Is it all just summed up here? "That when you're in college you drink Thunderbird at $2 a bottle, then you move up to Gallo, and when you are 40 or 50 you're ready for a nice Bordeaux." Should certain arts groups, like the NM Symphony, simply not bother with younger people, relinquishing them to movie theaters, the small venue music scene, and opportunities that cost relatively less?