Culture, heritage, history, and study are at the center of these organizations’ activities. In generating reflection and comparison, they preserve important elements of our social character in diverse ways. Organizations of this type include ethnic and racial heritage organizations promoting long-held customs and traditions, as well as those that focus on distinctly local history, commemoration, and attributes. This indicator measures the number of humanities and heritage organizations for every 100,000 county residents, referring to organizations with the following NTEE codes.

  • A23 Cultural/Ethnic Awareness
  • A70 Humanities Organizations
  • A80 Historical Societies and Related Activities

Data come from the 2010 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

 

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 1,787. Average county indicator value = 7.1. Median county indicator value = 3.9.

 

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.