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Why art galleries are embracing the internet

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The first data on how Americans are using new media to engage with the arts shows a surprising link between internet use and actual attendance.

Many experts had thought that technology had caused a decline in audiences for live events.

But the report from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that Americans who participate through electronic media are three times more likely to go to a gallery, theater or concert than those who never go online or use an electronic device. Jane O'Brien reports.

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