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

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.