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.  

Cultivating a Vibrant Minneapolis-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.

Small Towns, Big Value: Lessons in Immigrant Cultural Vibrancy

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.

Improving Quality of Life through Arts and Culture in the Heartland: A Nonprofit’s Call to Action

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.

Celebrating The Arts Factor in Greater Boston

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

Not just an anchor: an arts vibrancy beacon in Hudson

The restoration of New York State’s oldest surviving theater became a catalyst for the growth of arts vibrancy in Hudson.

Making a Scene in Des Moines

The arts scene in Des Moines, Iowa, has grown in the last ten years. Zachary Mannheimer, Principal Community Planner and Des Moines Social Club Founder shares his perspective on why DSM ranks #10.

Are We Developing Our Staff to Build Their Capacity and our Organizations'?

Are nonprofit arts organzations investing enough in their staff's development and salaries?

Bennington Arts Vibrancy is Deeply Rooted

Bennington, Vermont, community leaders share insights into what makes it such a unique arts vibrant place.

In High Gear: The NCAR Dashboard

A majority of arts organizations are missing key pieces of data that can help them grow. To make that data readily available in a customized way, NCAR offers a free digital dashboard and is developing an interactive map showing which area households are likely to purchase tickets.

Artists' Role in Arts Vibrancy

Artists play a vital role in community arts vibrancy. Artist and administrator Matthew Perry shares his insights into Bennington's ranking.

Planning for Arts Vibrancy

The American Planning Association (APA) recognizes the vital role that arts and culture contribute to livable communities, and provides best practices to help communities integrate the arts into planning processes through creative placemaking.

Arts Scene Leads to Economic Development, Talent Attraction in DSM USA

Beyond the measurable economic impact, the arts and culture scene in Des Moines significantly adds to the vibrancy of the region.

Newark, N.J.: A Vibrant Arts Community

Newark's mayor sees arts vibrancy creating jobs, attracting new businesses and development, expanding tourism, improving neighborhood livability and the quality of life throughout Newark.

Franklin County, OH: The Arts Shine Brightly

Marilyn Brown, Franklin County Commissioner, knows the arts and culture in her Ohio community are a critical factor in its vitality.

Are standard metrics for the arts out of the question?

How do local arts agencies measure organizational and community health? Robert Bush of Charlotte's ASC shares his quest.

What do the arts mean for Missoula?

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

Austin's Arts Vibrancy is Bright

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

Art is in Nashville’s DNA

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.