Arts groups lose funding as priority shifts to basic needs

About one in 10 arts groups in the U.S. are in danger of collapse as private donations, ticket sales and government support dwindle, says nonprofit Americans for the Arts, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Museums, theaters and dance companies, which derive 40 percent of their funding from private donations, are suffering from the widespread perception that basic needs should get top billing during an economic crisis. Arts organizations are fighting back by emphasizing the educational services they provide, as well as the $166.2 billion they pump into the national economy every year.

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