- Associated Press - Monday, January 12, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - New data from the government’s National Survey of Participation in the Arts shows higher-than-average attendance at arts activities in Baltimore and Washington.

The National Endowment for the Arts released the latest survey results Monday based on interviews with 37,000 adults nationwide.

Many cities compare closely to the national attendance rates for performing arts activities. But there were a few exceptions. Baltimore, Denver, San Francisco and Washington had performing arts attendance rates of 50 to 60 percent. These four cities also had higher-than-average attendance at art museums and programs.

Residents in the Baltimore and Washington areas had higher-than-average attendance at jazz concerts. Residents in the Washington area also had high attendance at historic parks and monuments.

Researchers say childhood exposure to the arts helps generate participation in the arts as adults.

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