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

Demand for arts in education by college-bound students is up!

According to data published by The College Board, the share of SAT test-takers with 4 years of arts or music classes in high school has grown over the past decade from 15% to 20%. The number of college arts degrees conferred annually have risen steadily from 75,000 to 129,000 over the past dozen years.