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

International cultural tourism proves recession-proof. Arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more.  The U.S. Dept of Commerce reports that the percentage of int’l travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17% to 24%), while those including concerts and theater performances have increased five of the past seven years (13% to 17% since 2003).