National Center for Arts Research Releases Arts Vibrancy Index Report
March 2, 2015
NCAR Report

SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) released its first annual Arts Vibrancy Index. The index draws on CDP and other data to rank more than 900 communities across the country. Vibrancy is measured as the level of supply, demand, and government support for arts and culture on a per capita basis. The report highlights the top 20 large markets and top 20 medium and small markets.

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