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City's art museums grow rapidly in past five years
    Shanghai has witnessed the number of its art museums increased from 34 to 78, more than doubled in the past five years, attracting about 22.30 million visitors, according to a work meeting on promoting the construction of art museums in the city.
    The fast growth of such museums has played a key role in nurturing a large number of viewers with different aesthetic tastes. 
    Since 2012 when the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was held, the city has organized 2,024 exhibitions, receiving 22.3 million visitors. In 2016 alone, more than 5 million people visited various shows, tripling the figure of 2011. In the first three quarters of this year, the art museums of the city staged 483 exhibitions and 1,588 educational events, receiving about 3.52 million viewers.
    In the past five years, 145 projects of the city's art museums have participated in various events held by the Ministry of Culture, with 56 entering the final stages and 35 winning various awards. Four projects have won the sponsorship of the national Art Fund, attracting a total of 3.4 million yuan (US$513,595) in investment. In the selection of national excellent art museums in 2016, China Arts Museum and Power Station of Art won awards in excellent projects. 
    By making good use of the city's art resources, such museums have also helped to cultivate the city spirit and serve as art education platforms.
    For example, during a lacquerware exhibition, Xuhui Art Museum offered lacquerware classes for primary school students and the China Arts Museum has set up a one-stop "art service complex" where visitors could appreciate performances, listen to lectures, watch movies and enjoy music.