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

The nonprofit arts grow – despite a recession!

The number of nonprofit arts organizations has grown annually, reaching 113,000 in 2010. In the past decade, nonprofit arts organizations grew 49% (76,000 to 113,000), a greater rate than all nonprofit organizations, which grew 32% (1.2 million to 1.6 million).