Arts Vibrancy Index Report V: Hotbeds of America's Arts and Culture

Arts Vibrancy Index Report V: Hotbeds of America's Arts and Culture

A report from SMU DataArts ranks the most "arts-vibrant" communities in the United States based on the number of artists and arts and cultural nonprofits it has, as well as the number of people employed by the sector; program and contributed revenues, expenses, and compensation; and government support. According to the Arts Vibrancy Index Report V: Hotbeds of America's Arts and Culture (41 pages, PDF), the top-ranked metro area is New York City, followed by San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Washington, D.C., and Boston, with Nassau County-Suffolk County, New York, making its debut in the top twenty. Among midsize cities, Santa Fe, New Mexico, topped the list, followed by Pittsfield, Massachusetts; San Rafael, California; Missoula, Montana; and Charlottesville, Virginia, the latter appearing in the top ten for the first time. And Jackson, Wyoming, led the list of small communities, followed by Summit Park, Utah; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Bennington, Vermont; and Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts; with Brookings, South Dakota, making its debut on the list in seventh place. According to the report, large metropolitan areas are represented across all regions of the country, while medium communities are predominantly located in the West, South, and Northeast and the majority of arts-vibrant small communities are located in the West, Midwest, and Northeast.

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