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

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.