Arts education is delivered in arts conservatories and academies as well as colleges and universities. Across the country, the number of institutions granting associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees grew to 2,219 from 1,809 between 2002 and 2013. Of these, 1,256 are accredited by the National Office for Arts Accreditation. This includes schools of music, art and design, theatre, and dance.

This indicator measures the number of accredited schools in each community using the schools’ zip code location data, which we aggregated in counties using the “zip-to-FIPS” procedure described in the Methodology section. There are accredited programs in 508 counties. The indicator describes the number of accredited degree-granting programs for every 100,000 county residents.


Additional Information: Average county indicator value = 1.97. Median county indicator value = 1.12.


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.