There are six factors in this dimension, for Consumer Expenditures, Nonprofit Arts Revenues, Government Support, Local Connection to National Organizations, Artists and Arts Businesses, and Arts Nonprofits. Together, they show the economic weight of the arts in terms of flows of revenues and the organizational resources used in the arts. These indicators use data available for many counties with a substantial share of the U.S. population.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

International cultural tourism proves recession-proof. Arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more.  The U.S. Dept of Commerce reports that the percentage of int’l travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17% to 24%), while those including concerts and theater performances have increased five of the past seven years (13% to 17% since 2003).