culture

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.  

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.

Arts Flourish in Flint

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

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.

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

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