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NCAR Releases New Data on Vibrant Arts Communities

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May 03, 2017

Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) recently announced its third annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which, according to the center, “ranks more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city.”

Changes to this year’s list include:

  • Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; and Rochester, NY, which were ranked in 2015 but not in 2016, all reclaimed spots on the top 20 large cities list;
  • Bremerton-Silverdale, WA; Ithaca, NY; Asheville, NC; and Barnstable Town, MA are new to the index and are featured in the top 10 medium cities list;
  • Hudson, NY; Greenfield Town, MA; Oneonta, NY; and Juneau, AK, also new to the index, are in the top 10 small cities list.


According to Zannie Giraud Voss, director of NCAR, “The index helps us understand what factors contribute to making an urban area artistically vibrant and culturally rich, and illustrates how vibrancy manifests in a wide variety of forms that are often tied to that community’s unique identity.”

You can read more about the index and download the report here.

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