National Arts Index – What’s happening nationwide?
Arts turned a corner in 2010 with a slight increase, following two years of recessionary decreases! Click on the map to find out more.
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 over 113,000 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 nearly $150 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
JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI
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.
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
Audiences are growing!
In 2010, 32 percent of the adult population attended a performing arts event (up from 28 percent in 2009); 13 percent visited an art museum (up slightly from 12 percent). These are the first increases since 2003.