BOISE, ID- Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading
nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, has selected Boise
City Department of Arts & History as one of 100 communities to
participate in the inaugural Local Arts Index (LAI). The LAI is an
18-month research initiative that provides local data to complement
the National Arts Index. The findings from the Local Arts Index
will be reported in late Fall 2011.
The Local Arts Index will be the first county-level study
designed to measure the health and vitality of the arts industries
throughout the United States. It will use a single methodology
utilizing information gathered from research produced by the
federal government and private research organizations and covering
multiple industries, including nonprofit groups, for-profit arts
businesses, employment figures, and more. When these quantitative
measures are taken together, the Local Arts Index will provide a
year-by-year and community-by-community comparison of the nation's
Terri Schorzman, Director of the Department of Art & History
described the department's interest in the project. "We are pleased
to be part of this ambitious nationwide initiative. Information we
elicit from the Local Arts Index study, along with the data we
obtain from the Economic Impact Study that we are working on
concurrently, will be valuable for planning and designing
thoughtful, evidence-based strategies to better integrate art and
culture into our community."
Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts
added "The Local Arts Index is an incredible tool for local arts
leaders and we are excited to work with our community partners over
the coming year. The Local Arts Index will allow the arts groups to
place their community in a national context and strengthen the arts
in their schools, businesses, and homes."
The Kresge Foundation has awarded Americans for the Arts a $1.2
million grant to conduct the Local Arts Index and to help support
the development of workshops and materials necessary to assist
communities in the effective application of the local data.
Research for the Local Arts Index is directed by Roland Kushner,
PhD, through support from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA.
For more information on the most recent National Arts Index
results from the Americans for the Arts, see
For more information on the Local Arts Index, see