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NCAR Research Shows That Arts are Integral to American Life

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Mar 17, 2017

Given the impending threats to federal support for the arts, it is vital to have up-to-date data on the widespread impact of arts and culture. The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released a new study, Arts and Culture are Closer Than you Realize: U.S. Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations Are a Big Part of Community Life, Economy, and Employment—and Federal Funding Enhances the Impact.

The report argues that, contrary to the way the arts are portrayed by its detractors, “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.”

Some of the key numbers include:

  • 39,292: The number of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in the U.S. with total annual budgets of $50,000 or more. 
  • $31.7 billion: The total amount spent by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations.  This means that these organizations collectively added $31.7 billion to the U.S. economy in the form of direct payments for labor, goods, and services. 
  • 908,175: The estimated number of people employed by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in full-time and part-time positions or as independent contractors.  This comes to an average of 23 workers per organization per year.  While we report here only on paid workers, we acknowledge the vast contributions of the armies of volunteers who contribute their talents in both artistic and administrative roles.
  • 467,218,109:  Estimated attendance at the 39,292 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations


You can read the full research study here.
 

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