National Arts Index – Sunseting 10 Years of Research

Arts Index Sunsets

Americans for the Arts 2016 Index report delivers a 2013 score of the health and vitality of the arts in the U.S. This report represents the final report in this 10-year series. Read more about the series and overall trends from a decade of data.
Check out the National Arts Index
Local Arts Index – What’s happening in your community?
Does your community participate in the arts? Find out how your county compares to others – explore how you measure up!



“A cultural data system is needed to provide information for rational policy-making in the cultural field and to assist those outside the field in understanding their impact on it.”

– Three years before writing Future Shock in 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler first wrote The Art of Measuring the Arts

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Arts Index USA – The national resource for measuring arts in your community
Arts and culture are a deep and intrinsic part of every community. Across the United States there are 95,000 nonprofit arts organizations dedicated to many aspects of cultural life. This activity encompasses a broad range of disciplines that ranges from performing arts production and presentation, to visual arts exhibition, to arts education and arts in healthcare, to preservation and interpretation of our collective heritage. Consumers spend $151 Billion annually entertainment and the arts. How do we better understand the breadth, depth and character of this industry? Learn more through our national measures at the National Arts Index or visit the county where you live at the Local Arts Index.

Highlights from the Local Arts Index
Below is an example of data you’ll find in the local arts index. Click below to see more data for this county, or click here to see data for your county.

Jackson County Map
Adult population share attending popular entertainment:
Adult population share attending live performing arts:
Expenditures on entertainment admission fees per capita:
Performing arts and events NPOs per 100,000 population:



Fast Facts from the Arts Index

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).