How Arts Vibrant Are America's Cities? Here's Every County Ranked in an Interactive Map

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?

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.  

How Planning, Partnerships, and Philanthropic Trends Add to the Bottom Line

The Sphinx Organization's Director of Institutional Partnerships shares what has contributed to Sphinx's bottom line.

Now That’s a KIPI!: Larry’s Rules

Lawrence J. Wheeler, Ph.D., director of the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), has developed a set of principles that have guided the museum’s vision and success. Find out more about his "rules" and how they boost the museum's KIPIs.

Bay Area and The Bottom Line: Challenges and Opportunities for San Francisco’s Arts Community

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.

What’s Behind the Bottom Line?

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.

The Burden of Rising Expenses in the Arts: The Bottom Line Report

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.

Barriers to Mission Financing: Not all nonprofit money is created equal.

NCAR worked with Propel Nonprofits on a research report on the financial profile of culturally specific organizations in the state of Minnesota, and the findings reinforced national research.

Building Stronger Communities through the Arts

Main Street America Network sees the arts as an integral part of building stronger communities, from small to large, urban to rural.

Key Research in Salt Lake City Reveals Link Between Vibrant Arts Scene and Business Expansion

Economic Development Corporation of Utah discusses a study revealing how critical a strong arts and entertainment industry is to a business’ desire to remain in Salt Lake City.

New Orleans' Unique Arts Vibrancy

Nick Stillman, Arts Council New Orleans President + CEO, responds to questions about the arts vibrancy of New Orleans, #18 on our top 20 list.

Asheville's Arts Vibrancy

The arts are known for making Asheville vibrant, but for how long? The arts council talks past, present and future.

Arts Vibrancy and Home Prices

Arts vibrancy impacts the real estate industry.  The Massachusetts Association of Realtors weighs in.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts – an arts and culture destination and hub for technology and innovation.

What does arts vibrancy mean to other industries in a community? General Dynamics Mission Systems in Pittsfield, MA, shares its appreciation for arts and culture.

Arts Flourish in Flint

Find out how arts vibrancy took root in Flint and flourishes today. A good news story.

Data skills are critical for future leaders

Sherry Wagner-Henry shares what data training can be found in the Bolz Center for Arts Administration coursework.

We need more arts data skills

In this arts data blog salon article, Brea M. Heidelberg - arts management educator, consultant, and researcher - makes a case for more research training in arts administration. 

For the Love of Data

Guest post by Kathryn Heidemann, Carnegie Mellon University

D-A-T-A. Data, once considered a four-letter word in the creative industries, has since come to embrace the minds (and even the hearts) of arts managers, artists, and audiences across the creative ecosystem.