Families: Arts Smarts

Cultural institutions can't beat the Internet, so they've decided to join it

Next time your kids sit down at the computer to zap some aliens or instant-message a friend, consider this: they could instead be composing an octet or viewing a Renoir.

As the Internet increasingly battles for our leisure time, arts organizations have decided that if they can't beat it, perhaps they can join it. Many cultural institutions list programs and general information on their websites, but some--from symphony orchestras to museums--are upping the artistic ante with interactive features designed to engage the youngest potential members of their audience.

For some arts organizations, like the San Francisco Symphony, which launched its...

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