Consumer expenditures in the arts are a key resource, providing the financial fuel to both nonprofit and commercial arts enterprises. Consumer expenditures include spending on admission fees, books, recorded music and other media, photography, movies and more. Data for indicators in this factor come from Claritas Research and were gathered in 2009. They are county-level estimates of total consumer expenditure in the selected area, converted to dollars per capita.


Fast Facts from the Arts Index

Demand for arts in education by college-bound students is up!

According to data published by The College Board, the share of SAT test-takers with 4 years of arts or music classes in high school has grown over the past decade from 15% to 20%. The number of college arts degrees conferred annually have risen steadily from 75,000 to 129,000 over the past dozen years.