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 a NTEE code of A23 in the 2010 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 2010 Core Files at the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

 

Additional Information: Average county indicator value = 2.8. Median county indicator value = 1.33.

 

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.