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 2012 Core Files from the National Center for Charitable Statistics.

Additional Information: Counties with indicator value = 841. Average county indicator value = 3.10. Median county indicator value = 1.50.

 

Fast Facts from the Arts Index

International cultural tourism proves recession-proof. Arts travelers are ideal tourists—they stay longer and spend more.  The U.S. Dept of Commerce reports that the percentage of int’l travelers including museum visits on their trip has grown annually since 2003 (17% to 24%), while those including concerts and theater performances have increased five of the past seven years (13% to 17% since 2003).