Research Resources

Research documents the contributions of the arts to the quality of life and economic strength of North Carolina. Ongoing analysis of data provides benchmarks for cultural development and helps inform strategic decisions about program investment.

Information about the arts is available from many different sources. Arts administrators, policy makers and academic researchers collect and analyze cultural data in the United States and abroad. Partnerships with national research organizations and government agencies enable accurate and accessible information about trends in the arts throughout North Carolina, the South and the rest of the country.

Printable tables and reports are available for viewing and download through the links below. Demographic data about North Carolina is also available on-line from many different primary sources.

If you have questions, please contact Ardath Weaver, Research Director,, 919-807-6522.

North Carolina Arts Council Research

Facts and research about the arts in North Carolina are compiled by the North Carolina Arts Council.

Creative Industry and Creative Workforce: The North Carolina Arts Council documents and measures the nonprofit arts cultural areas and private sector creative businesses.

National Research

Studies are available on-line from the following resource links:

National Endowment for the Arts Research Division
These reports and notes provide statistical summaries and comprehensive original research on trends and findings related to an NEA-funded arts discipline, to arts participation generally, or to arts access or artist employment.

Americans for the Arts Research and Information
Arts leaders, elected officials, and citizen advocates need action-oriented research to advocate for better arts policy on the national, regional, and local level. Studies by Americans for the Arts make a strong case for the arts—in terms of economic, social, and educational benefits. Other research resources linked here include the National Arts Policy Database and a cultural policy listserv.

State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies compiles research on the creative economy, arts education, arts participation, public art and cultural tourism and serves as a clearinghouse for issues affecting arts policy.