LIFE of Arts and Culture

The availability of arts and cultural opportunities is an important component of community life. According to data from the 2016 community survey (shown in Figure 1), 67% of community members said that arts and cultural opportunities were good or excellent in Brown County.

Community leaders held similar views on this issue. In the 2016 leader survey, 63% of leaders rated the availability of arts and cultural opportunities as good or excellent.

Many of the arts and cultural opportunities in the Brown County area are provided by local organizations. According to Figure 2, the financial performance of large public charity arts organizations improved significantly between 2011 and 2015. Of the 63 registered arts-related public charities reported by the National Center for Charitable Statistics in Brown County in 2015, the average revenue was $394,653 annually compared to an average of $183,451 reported in 2011.

It is worth noting that while the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of persons employed in arts-related careers has remained level between 2011 and 2015, local experts advise that typical industry reports of employment within a sector may not apply well to the arts sector. Many artists hold different full-time jobs while pursuing creative activities on a part-time basis.

Ratings for the leading indicators in this section are shown in Figure 3. There has been improvement in the number of tickets sold at arts and cultural organizations. In addition, the revenues of arts-related public charities in the area have improved over the past several years. Finally, the number of people employed in arts-related fields in the Brown County area has remained fairly stable since 2011.