Updates from the National Center for Arts Research

Do arts organizations bring in enough money to cover expenses? There were sharp downward trends, regardless of how bottom line was calculated.


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.  

Sphinx Virtuosi at Carnegie Hall

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

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.

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.