A Study of Access to the Performing Arts Across Six Metro Areas in Texas from November 2019 to March 2020
Abstract: Students in the performing arts of West Texas colleges and universities have limited options to attend a variety of professional music, dance, and theatrical productions to fill their degree requirements. As students, they must observe other artists to see the craft, hear repertoire, and learn to engage in a scholarly discussion of the performance using appropriate vocabulary from their major courses. With fewer options for attendance, students’ quality of education is hampered. The region of West Texas known as the Permian Basin is geographically isolated from the state’s primary population center along interstate 35 running north/south in the middle of the state. Despite a population of one-half million residents, the rural area of West Texas is not well served by the performing arts due to a lack of adequate funding. The purpose of this study was to document the number of performing arts events, and their ticket prices, from November 2019 through March of 2020 in six metros across Texas. There are fewer events in the Odessa and Midland metro area than in other Texas metro areas selected for this study though audiences attend and tickets sales. Ticket prices were also found to be significantly higher in the Permian Basin than in the other metro areas. Possible reasons are discussed for the ticketing anomaly.