SMU’s National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has released its first annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which ranks towns according to their “vibrancy”, consisting of a complex mix of supply, demand and government support for arts and culture on a per capita basis.
The top five big cities are:
1. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
2. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN
3. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ
4. Boston, MA
5. San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA
The top five smaller towns are:
1. Glenwood Springs, CO
2. Santa Fe, NM
3. Jackson, WY-ID
4. Breckenridge, CO
5. Edwards, CO
Surprised? The numbers are only the start of the story, not the end.” said Dr. Zannie Giraud Voss, Ph.D., director of NCAR.