My son is 27. He has a great job as a web developer, he owns his house, he has a music degree, and he appreciates art of all kinds. I think he fits smack dab into the middle of that coveted “younger audience” that today’s arts groups are always talking about. But like many of his generation, he has frustrations with many arts experiences.
The other night he expressed one of these frustrations to me, and honestly, it was a concept I’ve never really thought about before. It has to do with passive vs. active arts participation, and he (like many these days) falls into the latter camp. He’d much rather have an experience where he can do something besides sit quietly, listen to music and clap afterward. But, according to him, nobody has really thought about how to turn passive into active beyond getting the audience interacting with the artists. “If I come to a concert, I’m interested in the musicians, but so is the person across the aisle from me,” he said. “What’s her story? Why is she here? Do we have other things in common?”
Intriguing. How can we get the audience interacting with each other? A pre-concert reception doesn’t really allow people who don’t know each other to meet each other and share their interest in what’s happening on stage.
I admit it, I’m stumped. I really would like your thoughts.
Before I go, though, I really need to share a new toy with you. This has nothing to do with the subject matter, but I really am liking my new iPad (which I’ve had for about 48 hours) and the Autodesk Sketchbook Pro app (which I’ve had for slightly less than that). It’s my first attempt at digital art. Enjoy!