A key part of overall activities is the extent of cultural programming provided by arts and culture organizations in the nonprofit and other sectors. Relatively few data points are available across all counties, so this factor only includes expenditures by nonprofit arts organizations.

 

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).