Arts, Culture and Californians

Arts, Culture and Californians

California is home to nearly 11,000 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations — many in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area regions — and those organizations play an essential role in the state's arts and culture ecology, a new report from Markusen Economic Research finds. Commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation, the report, California's Arts Ecology (56 pages, PDF), looked at arts organizations in the state by budget size, disciplinary focus, geographic distribution, and intrinsic and economic impact and found that while 85 percent have budgets under $250,000 and 48 percent have budgets under $25,000, collectively they serve 13.7 million participants a year — a participation rate of 54 percent. The report also found that 709,000 individuals work in, consult, or volunteer for an arts organization in the state, earning some $1.9 billion annually; that 2.2 million people in the state contribute financially to the arts every year; and that smaller nonprofits, which are more likely than large organizations to rely on volunteers and be embedded in geographic and demographic communities, face significant financial challenges.