There are three factors in this dimension, for the Institutional and Entrepreneurial Arts, Local and Global Representation, and Professional Arts Training. Together, they show some of the unique characteristics that help to differentiate the arts from one place to another by character, rather than by volume. These indicators use data available for many counties with a substantial share of the U.S. population.

 

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.