NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Art has a way of touching our lives. It can inspire creativity, jealousy, pride, and passion, among a range of other emotions. Art comes in many forms, whether it is looking at a painting on the wall of a museum, reading a work of great literature, listening to the notes and sounds of music that can move you to tears, or watching the carefully choreographed movements of dancers on a stage as they try to tell you a story.
For many looking to pursue a career in the arts, they must first find the right place of instruction. While some are born with great talents, others need the structure and guidance of a mentor to carefully strengthen their craft. For some people that means finding the right college or university to help refine their skills. For someone beginning the arduous task of finding the right college, location can be one of the most important deciding factors.
The below list outlines the 10 least "artsy" states in America. The data comes from Bloomberg.com. Bloomberg ranked the U.S. states and District of Columbia based on the percentage of the population of people from the age of 25 and older with degrees in visual and performing arts. Bloomberg gathered the data from the U.S. Census 2011 ACS 3-year estimates.
Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.93%
Oklahoma has several options for those seeking a degree in visual or performance art.
Some of the academic choices for those looking to get started on the road to seeing their name up in lights include the University of Central Oklahoma, Saint Gregory's University, and the University of Tulsa.
Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.83%
For those with a passion exclusively for music you might want to consider an academic career at the University Of Kentucky School Of Music. Here students can take their love of music and watch it evolve from a single part of their lives into a long-term professional career.