Tuesday, April 10, 2012
A national study on the arts industry's health shows arts businesses are beginning to recover from the declines of the Great Recession.
The National Arts Index released Tuesday by Americans for the Arts is based on government and private data collected between 1998 and 2010.
The new numbers show attendance at art events began rebounding in 2010 for the first time since 2003. About a third of U.S. adults attended a performing arts event, and 13 percent visited an art museum. In places like San Francisco and New York and Arlington, Va., more than 45 percent of adults attended a museum.
Still arts organizations face financial troubles. The latest numbers show 43 percent of nonprofit arts groups had an operating deficit.