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.

 

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International arts exports increase: U.S. exports of arts goods increased from $56 to $64 billion between 2009 and 2010 (+12%).  With U.S. imports at just $23 billion, the arts achieved a $41 billion trade surplus in 2010.  The percentage of international travelers that include the arts on their visits to the U.S. has increased annually since 2003.