The National Arts Index shows that the number of nonprofit organizations with missions to support ethnic activity in the community has increased around the country. These organizations are identified using the “National Taxonomy of Exempt Enterprises” or NTEE. One of those codes (A23) refers to “cultural and ethnic awareness organizations” that support the cultural life of particular ethnic groups in a community.

There were 619 counties with one or more organizations with an NTEE code of A23 in the 2009 Core File from the National Center for Charitable Statistics. This indicator measures the number of such organizations for every 100,000 residents as another aspect of a community’s particular cultural character, especially when viewed in context of both the language diversity and ethnic diversity of the population. A larger number of such organizations in a community shows how the nonprofit sector in a community serves its ethnic population.

Data for this indicator are from the 2009 Core Files at the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

 

Additional Information: Average county indicator value = 2.72. Median county indicator value = 1.23.

 

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).