Each community will have a unique and distinctive mix of arts organizations. In addition to focusing on different programs, they may also vary in size and age. There are several well-known, archetypal community populations: some old and established, some in middle age with new generations of leadership, some that have come into being in the social enterprise era. The balance of institutional and entrepreneurial makeup of the arts is one attribute of the character or personality of a community. The indicators in this factor all share a focus on the blend of different kinds of arts organizations in each county as a matter of distinct character.



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.