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.  

Posters by Leon Wang at a community meeting after the officer-involved killing of Cordale Handy in Saint Paul
Laura Zabel of Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis-Saint Paul shares her insights into the community's vibrancy and support for artists.
“comunidades unidas” mural at another Latino ethnic mall in suburban Atlanta

PhD candidate and Research Fellow John Arroyo shares his insights on the role of immigrants' expressions and small town demographic shifts in the future of arts and culture vibrancy.

Bravo Greater Des Moines provides funding and support that strengthens arts, culture and heritage organizations serving Greater Des Moines, and the number of communities investing in has grown to 17.
Identity Vitality Innovation Transformation

ArtsBoston, Greater Boston’s largest arts service organization, measures and celebrates the power of arts and culture in their community.

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.