arts vibrancy index

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.

Small Town Vibrancy Awakening

Arts vibrancy can be found in large cities, small towns, and places in between. Whitney Kimball Coe from Center for Rural Strategies gives us a glimpse of the arts awakening in her small hometown.

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.

Bennington Arts Vibrancy is Deeply Rooted

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

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.

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.

Arts Vibrancy: What does that mean in Rochester, New York?

Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester chair shares why Rochester is arts vibrant and their desire for more public support.

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.

five qualities that define PHILADELPHIA’s arts vibrancy

Maud Lyon, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, tells us why Philly is one of America’s great cultural capitals – and has been for a very long time

Los Angeles, where community vibrancy matters

Wendy F. Hsu, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, shares LA's arts vibrancy initiatives and innovations at their diverse neighborhood level

Vineyard Haven's Arts Vibrancy Is a Ten

Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Director Nancy Gardella invites visitors to explore the island's eclectic and one-of-a-kind arts and culture.


 

Vibrancy of Frederick Art Life Pops

Arts vibrancy in the City of Frederick, Maryland, is a communal effort, with successful public-private partnerships.

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.

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?

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.

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.

The NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index Report: The Arts Markets in America, Ranked

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) today released its first annual Arts Vibrancy Index, along with an interactive heat map.  The index ranks more than 900 communities across the country.  Vibrancy is measured as the level of supply, demand, and government support for arts and culture on a per capita basis. The report highlights the top 20 large markets and top 20 medium and small markets.