The National Center for Arts Research at SMU in Dallas has launched a remarkable interactive webpage that’s an incredible resource for artists and more.

What factors make up a community’s arts vibrancy, and which cities possess them? That’s a question researchers at the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) are answering through a new interactive website. “We provide scores for every county’s Arts Dollars, Arts Providers, Government Support, Socio-economic and Other Leisure characteristics,” the center suggests. “This way, when you read in the NCAR report how these community characteristics drive performance, you can also see your community’s relative strength on each characteristic.

“The scores are on a scale of 0-100 with 100 being the highest. The scores are akin to percentiles — i.e., if your county’s score on a measure is 56, it means it did better than 56% of counties on that measure. The Art Vibrancy score is the result of a variety of sources including: US Census Bureau, IRS 990s, Cultural Data Profile, Theatre Communications Group, League of American Orchestras, National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Find more details in the Arts Vibrancy Index (PDF).”

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Andrew Webster
Andrew, who worked for Streamline Publishing as an editor and more, graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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