There are two factors in this dimension, for Cultural Participation and Cultural Programming. Together, they show some of activity in the arts in a community. These indicators use data available for many counties with a substantial share of the U.S. 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.