Most professional societies for individuals and field service associations for arts organizations serve their members with information, advocacy, centralized study of the field, convenings, and communication. Such organizations often have magazines and web sites, create marketplaces at their annual conferences, and convey information about the field as a whole to individual members whether they are people or organizations. In some cases they maintain national standards, codes of ethics and accreditation programs. The indicators in this factor measure the presence of members of national arts service organizations in counties. Three indicators are included – the number of accredited museums; the sum of national field service organization members; and the sum of national arts education teachers association members – all per capita.

 

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.