Arts

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.  

The National Association of Counties recognizes the importance of arts vibrancy

The National Association of Counties (NACo) shares how NCAR's Interactive Arts Vibrancy Heat Map features data at the county level and highlights thriving arts communities across our nation’s counties.

The NCAR Report on Fundraising Trends in Arts and Culture

Report shows overall growth in unrestricted contributions, which outpaced both growth in expenses and inflation

Chicago Theatres' Changing Landscape

Guest post by Deb Clapp, Executive Director, League of Chicago Theatres

I was very flattered to be asked by my friend Jennifer Armstrong to write a guest blog post.  She forwarded some interesting data to me and at the same time, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune had written an article about subscriptions, membership and the correlation between the newspaper industry and the theatre industry and the need to change to fit the needs of Millennials.

Los Angeles on the Rise

Guest Post by Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Los Angeles was the fastest moving large city in National Center for Arts Research’s newest Arts Vibrancy Index, up to fifth place from its position in ninth place last year.  What has put us on such a fast trajectory?

Why Is Kansas City the Most Vibrant Arts City of All?

Guest Post by Bruce W. Davis, President and CEO, ArtsKC

https://artskc.org

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, where is the most culturally vibrant place to have a ball? Kansas City of course. I moved to Kansas City from the Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bay area for a reason. Great things are happening in the Kansas City region. It has world class art and world class sports.

What makes Breckenridge an arts vibrant community?

In an era of declining investment in the arts, our small town high in the Colorado mountains is going out of its way to embrace arts and culture—building up our existing cultural organizations, giving voice to little-known artistic visionaries, and styling contemporary new festivals to breathe life into our creative culture.

NCAR Fellow Kate Levin on the Biggest Obstacle for Arts Organizations

"If you can't measure it, you can't manage it": Opinions and reflections from new NCAR Fellow Kate Levin

NCAR Adds Four Distinguished New Board Members

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has announced that four arts leaders from New York and North Texas have joined its board of advisors.