· The 2009 score represents a drop of 3.6 percentage points from 101.3 in 2008.
· There were 3,000 new nonprofit arts organizations created during the 2007-09 recession years but attendance at mainstream arts organizations and events continues a long-term decline.
· In 2008, 41% of nonprofit arts groups reported a deficit to the IRS, up from 36% in 2007.
While the flagging economy has surely presented a number of challenges for the arts, the Index does hit some high notes for the arts:
· Americans are seeking more personal engagement in the arts. Personal arts creation and volunteerism is growing. The number of Americans who personally participated in an artistic activity increased 5% between 2005 and 2009, while volunteering also jumped 11.6 percent.
· The number of artists in the workforce has increased 17% from 1996 to 2009 (1.9 to 2.2 million).
· Demand for Arts Education is up. There are more college-bound seniors with 4 years of arts or music and in the past decade college arts degrees conferred annually have risen from 75,000 to 127,000.
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