Updates from the National Center for Arts Research

The 2017 NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index ranks the most vibrant arts cities in America. How is the rest of the country faring when it comes to arts vibrancy?

museum exhibit

Arts and culture aren’t “out there” and just for an elite part of the population.  They are closer and more immediate and personal than most people give them credit for being.  

John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Beyond the measurable economic impact, the arts and culture scene in Des Moines significantly adds to the vibrancy of the region.

Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka

Newark's mayor sees arts vibrancy creating jobs, attracting new businesses and development, expanding tourism, improving neighborhood livability and the quality of life throughout Newark.

Marilyn Brown, Franklin County Commissioner, knows the arts and culture in her Ohio community are a critical factor in its vitality.
Robert Bush, President, ASC

How do local arts agencies measure organizational and community health? Robert Bush of Charlotte's ASC shares his quest.

The NCAR Fundraising Report

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released the most comprehensive report to date on national fundraising trends in the arts and cultural sector, the latest in the Center’s series of data-based insights on the health of the industry. The NCAR Fundraising Report is the only report to examine fundraising across genre, organization size and geographic location, based on data provided by over 2,700 organizations across 11 arts disciplines, showing trends over the four-year period 2011-2014.