National Arts Index – What’s happening nationwide?
Americans for the Arts 2014 Index report delivers a 2012 score of the health and vitality of the arts in the U.S. The arts started to turnaround in 2012 as the economy continued to recover and expand. Click on the map to find out more.
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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
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

Consumer arts spending steady at $150 billion!

Since 2002, consumer spending on the arts has remained in the $150 billion range, though as a share of all expenditures it has slipped from 1.88% in 2002 to 1.45% in 2010. Following four years of decreases, musical instrument sales rebounded, growing from $5.9 billion in 2009 to $6.3 billion in 2010.