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46.1 Arts and culture events resident attendance per 1,000 population

This indicator uses information from a national survey to show the attendance by residents at arts and culture events.

This indicator is part of Foster arts and cultures.

Indicator description:

This indicator documents the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Total resident attendance to Arts and Culture Events is presented. The Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study was conducted by American for the Arts. Organizations were identified using the Urban Institute's National Taxonomy of Exempt Entity Coding system. In addition, a concerted effort was made to identify other eligible organizations including government-owned or government-operated cultural facilities and institutions, municipal arts agencies and councils, private community arts organizations, unincorporated arts groups, living collections (zoos, aquariums, and botanical gardens), university presenters, and arts programs embedded under the umbrella of a non-arts organization or facility (such as a community center or church). Response rates from the survey averaged around 40%.

TucsonColorado SpringsAlbuquerqueAustin
Total Industry Expenditures $87,715,892 $72,013,123 $91,888,623 $236,148,524
Full-Time Equivalent Jobs Supported 2,602 2,168 3,674 7,315
Total Resident Attendance to Arts and Cultural Events 1,714,039 1,164,888 1,221,024 3,961,280
Percent of Total Attendance 89% 87% 79% 77%
Per 1,000 County Population 1,745 1,791 1,837 3,843

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Why is this indicator relevant?

Albuquerque has been recognized nationally and ranked highly as a favorite mid sized art destination (e.g., American Style Magazine). As UNM’s Bureau of Business and Economic Research has noted, arts and culture are now understood to be conditions of prosperity, not consequences of prosperity. Arts and cultural organizations add much to our community, not only economically, but by creating a sense of place, community pride, educational and learning opportunities, increased human understanding and by adding creativity to our quality of life. Arts and culture are necessary to a sustainable Albuquerque. Arts and cultural organizations sustain and grow artistic opportunities in Albuquerque. The efficacy of these organizations is advanced by the support provided by our community.

Data Sources:
American for the Arts, Arts and Economic Prosperity, University of New Mexico, Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), The Economic Importance of the Arts and Cultural Industries in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, 2007.

What can we tell from the data?

  • Individuals support arts and culture organizations in many ways – through personal giving, volunteering, and attendance.  For fiscal year 2010, 80% of the total attendance at Albuquerque's arts and culture events was by residents.


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