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?

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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.  

Wild Blooms: team helping an artist to create a Traffic Signal Box

Arts Missoula Executive Director Tom Bensen shares how the arts provide more than just entertainment in Missoula, MT.

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Mayor Steve Adler talks about the arts vibrancy of Austin and the challenge to keep it affordable for musicians and live music venues.

Nashville's mayor says the spirit of collective creation has helped the city develop a world class reputation as not only a music mecca but a global hub for artists, makers, designers and innovators.

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NCAR’s new Visitor-to-Staff Index measures an arts organization’s staff capacity by examining the ratio of staff to total number of visitors.

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.