Visual arts organizations are typically sites for education, display, and promotion of specific visual arts genres and styles in a community. They may either provide technical assistance, promotion, and representation to individual visual artists, or be centers of education or mentorship in the visual arts.

This indicator measures the number of visual arts organizations for every 100,000 county residents. This only represents the tally of one specific NTEE code, A 40, unlike those in other groups, which contain two or more related types of arts nonprofits grouped together to make per capita measures. Data come from the 2009 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

 

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 799. Average county indicator value = 3.1. Median county indicator value = 1.4. 

 

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).