Updates from the National Center for Arts Research

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NCAR's white paper spotlights the critical factors that in influence the patronage behavior of cultural consumers.

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?

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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.  

Courtesy of Acción Latina, San Francisco Arts Commission 2016 Creative Space grant recipient

Barbara Mumby Huerta of the San Francisco Arts Commission shares an on-the-ground perspective of the city's nonprofit arts and culture organizations' low operating bottom lines.

Kate Barr, President & CEO of Propel Nonprofits, shares her notes on NCAR’s new bottom line report, including why small organizations are better able to adapt and manage expenses to match revenue.

Study shows that burden of rising expenses in the sector is greatest barrier to financial sustainability. Smaller, more nimble organizations with lower fixed costs have higher chance of financial success.

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.