Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Americans for the Arts today announced the National Arts Index at a press conference held at the National Press Club and kicking-off its 50th anniversary year. The National Arts Index is the first study designed to measure the health and vitality of the arts industries in the United States. The National Arts Index is composed of 76 national-level research indicators produced by the federal government and private research organizations.

The National Arts Index fell 4 points in 2008 to a score of 98.4, reflecting losses in charitable giving and declining attendance at larger cultural institutions, even as the number of arts organizations grew. The 2008 downturn in the Index was not wholly unexpected. With 100,000 nonprofit arts organizations and 600,000 more arts-related businesses, 2.24 million artists in the workforce, and billions of dollars in consumer spending, the arts industries largely track the nation'€™s business cycle. 

Want to Learn More
  • To read and download the full report, visit
  • Go to ArtsBlog to and hear Randy Cohen's blog cast
  • Are your an Americans for the Arts member? Sign-up for the National Arts Index webinar
  • Watch out for more conversation on ArtsBlog