Arts and Culture

To many supporters of the arts, the value of cultural activities lies in their intrinsic capacity to enrich people's lives. Increasingly, however, the arts are being valued also for their ability to advance community goals: to contribute amenities that make communities appealing to new residents; to bring tourists into the regional economy; to build social cohesion in urban neighborhoods; and to enhance the educational experiences of children and youth. Given the range of potential benefits they bring, indicators of arts and culture must be included in any attempt to assess the quality of life in our communities.

2006
Indicator 13.1: Assets of arts and culture organizations
Indicator 13.2: Arts, culture and kids
Indicator 13.3: Who attends exhibits and performances?
Indicator 13.4: Change in arts and culture employment, 1990–2000
Indicator 13.5: Federal and state funding for arts and culture
Indicator 13.6: Who is willing to support local arts and culture with taxes?

2005
Indicator 12.1: Distribution of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations
Indicator 12.2: Public schools with art and music instruction
Indicator 12.3: Attendance at art exhibitions and performances
Indicator 12:4: Willingness to support local arts and culture with taxes
Indicator 12.5: Arts-related employment
Indicator 12.5: Public library circulation

2004
Indicator 12.1: Distribution of nonprofit cultural and recreational organizations
Indicator 12.2: Distribution of theatre companies
Indicator 12.3: Attendance at art exhibitions and performances
Indicator 12:4: Willingness to support local arts and culture with taxes
Indicator 12.5: Employment in arts and culture organizations

Additonal Publications

Culture in the Metropolis, Strategies for Sustainability

This report studies the systems of support for the arts in 11 metropolitan areas to identify strategies for sustaining Philadelphia’s arts sector. Published in 2007 by the RAND Corporation.

Portfolio

Portfolio sets out to document the breadth, diversity and well-being of Southeaster Pennsylvania’s nonprofit cultural resources. Published in 2006 by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Cultural Vitality in Community Interpretation and Indicators

A review of potential local and federal data sources for creating arts indicators, with comparisons of selected metropolitan areas based on nationally available data. Published in 2006 by the Urban Institute.

Additonal Resources

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

 Note: Together with commentary, maps and figures for various indicators can be viewed by navigating to linked indicator titles. Maps and data are also available by navigating to the maps/data page of this site. Users who download any of the supporting data must download this MPIP Indicators Codebook to obtain full descriptions of the mnemonic variable names in the data spreadsheets. (download MPIP Indicators Codebook)


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