10 Least 'Artistic' States in America

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.

10. Oklahoma

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.

9. Kentucky

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.


8. Arkansas

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.65%

Attending the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences will allow those students a part of the art, music, and theater programs to carefully nurture and grow their artistic interests in preparation for life beyond the collegiate stage.


7. Delaware

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.65%

If you are interested in joining the ranks of those Delaware residents holding a degree in visual and performing arts, you might consider getting your foundation started at the University of Delaware.

The University's College of Arts and Sciences offers prospective students the chance to study music, art, and dance in preparation for their careers on stage, in the orchestra, or in the gallery.


 

6. West Virginia

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.60%

At the college of Creative Arts at West Virginia University students can find their muse while attending the School of Music or the School of Theater and Dance.

Bethany College offers similar programs in music, theater, and visual arts, as students gain an "understanding of [the] historical and aesthetic unity of the disciplines," the school's website says.



5. Nebraska

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.54%

Work toward your future as an artist, dancer, actor, or musician at one of the several academic institutions in Nebraska that offer performance and visual arts programs.

Find what inspires you while attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

4. South Dakota

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.48%

Although the percentage of those holding a visual or performing arts degree in South Dakota is small, the educational opportunities for acquiring the degree is vast.

South Dakota State University, the college of Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota, and Augustana College offer their students a range of opportunities to improve their visual and performance art talents so they may pursue their career goals.


3. Alabama

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.47%

Attend the college of fine arts at the University of Montevallo and students can become a part of the Department of theater and the Department of music.

Study acting, directing, and musical theater, as well as piano, vocal, and instrumental performance, and you'll be well on your way to a career in the arts.


2. North Dakota

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.37%

The Challey School of Music at the North Dakota University website says its goal is to "prepare the next generation of music professionals." Students can earn a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degrees.



1. Mississippi

Percentage of population with visual and performing arts degrees: 2.35%

Although Mississippi had the lowest percentage of people 25 and older with degrees in performing and visual arts for 2011, prospective students still have options to enhance their talents while pursuing an education.

Mississippi State University offers students the option to major in art, which includes concentrations in sculpture, photography, and painting. Students may also major in music and music education.

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