How Arts Vibrant are America's Cities? Here's Every County Ranked in a Interactive Map

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

 

Arts and Culture Aren't an Elitist Extravagance. They’re Essential to American Life.

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.  

Juneau is Small but Vibrant

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Executive Director, Nancy DeCherney, highlights what makes this small city so vibrant.

Montgomery County, Maryland is Arts Vibrant

Suzan Jenkins, CEO of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, talks about arts vibrancy, challenges, values and planning.

Arts Vibrancy in Chicago: An arts powerhouse and a global cultural destination

Chicago ranks #15 on NCAR's top 20 list of most arts-vibrant large communities. Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, talks government funding and what makes the city such a global attraction. 

Measuring Greater Pittsburgh’s Arts Vibrancy

How does the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council measure arts vibrancy and more? CEO Mitch Swain shares their research sources and findings.

Santa Fe Mayor on Arts Vibrancy: Culture Defines Santa Fe

Santa Fe ranked high on our list of most arts-vibrant cities in the country. Mayor Javier Gonzales shares what, in his opinion, fostered a sustained vibrancy in the city. 

Ithaca, New York is Arts Vibrant

Ithaca, NY ranked #7 on our top 10 list of most arts-vibrant medium MSAs. Find out why from Tompkins County Community Arts Partnership.

Data Informed Strategic Planning

Dallas organization TACA used NCAR's Arts Vibrancy Index to inform and shape their strategic plan.

The Top 20 Most Vibrant Arts Communities in America (2017)

SMU's NCAR announces list of the most vibrant arts cities in the country. The 2017 Arts Vibrancy Index includes eight new cities. Cities are ranked by supply, demand, and government support for the arts.

Square Footage Comes at a Cost: Be Prepared

Guest post by Jill Garland, DUNCH Vice President

What’s the Biggest Expense in the Arts? People

In our new Expense Report, we find that within arts and cultural organizations nationally, a healthy portion of expenditures are for the people directly involved in delivering the organization’s mission-related programs

New Museum Research with The Art Newspaper

New joint research with The Art Newspaper shows museums are presenting more shows than they used to, and contemporary art dominates.

Joint Study in Gender Disparity Shows Gap Persists Despite Gains in Art Museum Directors

While incremental gains were observed, the study shows that women still hold fewer than 50% of directorships, earn less than male counterparts, and typically lead institutions with smaller budgets

New NCAR Report Says Payment to Artistic and Production Personnel is the Largest Expense for Arts Organizations

This edition, which focuses on expenses related directly to the cost of programming, shows that two-thirds of total program-related expenses, or 42% of all operating revenue, goes to payment of program-related personnel.

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Matchmaking: When David Met Goliath

Karen Brooks Hopkins, NCAR Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, provides suggestions for administrators and community leaders who face a divide between small and large arts and cultural organizations.

Weaving and Data

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their context are woven together in shared potential and shared challenges. The NCAR Fundraising Report provides relevant, timely data to help us clarify and wrestle with the pertinent fundraising questions in front of us.

Contributed revenue and the ‘arts bubble’

The arts don’t exist in a bubble, yet we often act as if they do. At such moments, we cut ourselves off from both audiences and donors who may not share our assumptions, conventions, language, and ideals for how arts or culture experiences should work.

Ernan Haruvy Named Donna Wilhelm Research Fellow

Dr. Ernan Haruvy, professor of marketing at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been named the second Donna Wilhelm Research Fellow.