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

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.