“Field service” is used to group together the variety of nonprofit organizations that support arts organizations. Providing technical assistance, professional membership, research, and resource development help are critical supports for a county’s nonprofit arts community. Organizations like these tend to cluster more in larger communities, where there is a bigger pool of nonprofits to work with. This indicator measures the number of field service arts organizations in the following NTEE groups for every 100,000 county residents.
- A02 Management & Technical Assistance
- A03 Professional Societies & Associations
- A05 Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis
- A11 Single Organization Support
- A12 Fundraising and/or Fund Distribution
- A19 Nonmonetary Support Not Elsewhere Classified
- A26 Arts Council/Agency
- A90 Arts Service Activities/ Organizations
Data come from the 2009 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.
Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,220. Average county indicator value = 4.4. Median county indicator value = 2.6.
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).