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

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).