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

Audiences are growing!

In 2010, 32 percent of the adult population attended a performing arts event (up from 28 percent in 2009); 13 percent visited an art museum (up slightly from 12 percent). These are the first increases since 2003.