First off, I want to say that I don't want my comments to be taken the wrong way. It seems like when Americans talk badly of America we get scolded. I'm merely stating things I've found to be true. I love art. My grandmother was a classical singer, so I well educated in music. I find visual art intriguing (duh, I'm on a photography forum), and even other forms of art like dance are flat-out cool to me. That being said, it seems like most of the people I meet don't care about art, or even worse, HATE IT! How can you hate something that can provoke such beautiful emotions? I didn't think much of it, but then someone said something to me about how I "should live in Europe, cause they're all artsy over there," (this person had never been to Europe, this was more of a stereotype). I dismissed it, but it did make me wonder if certain parts of the world are more appreciative of the fine arts than other places. So if you think this is so (in your opinion, cause that's all any of us have), where would you think a person like me who loves all forms of art would really be surrounded by others with the same passion? Is the United States just as artistic as the rest of the world? If so, maybe its where I live (Arkansas... its a farmer/cowboy state). All I know is that I'm going INSANE trying to find people with similar interests, and I'm coming up empty-handed. And I don't know if the arts are something that is just vacant here, or if its my generation EVERYWHERE that has this apathy towards the fine arts.