The Top 40 Most Arts-Vibrant Communities in the U.S. (2020)

19 Oct 2020


For the sixth consecutive year, SMU DataArts, the National Center for Arts Research, is pleased to provide the Arts Vibrancy Index Report, which draws upon a set of data-informed indices to recognize arts-vibrant communities across the United States.

We acknowledge and honor the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic and recent racial and social justice uprisings have altered U.S. communities in unparalleled ways since 2019, the year that data in this report draws upon. Arts and cultural organizations across the country were forced to close their doors in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Few have reopened and it is still uncertain when the remainder will be able to follow suit as of the publication of this year’s report. Many arts organizations in forced closure have adapted and served their communities’ needs in innovative ways in response to stay-at-home orders, new norms of social distancing, and protests. 

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