Frederick Region Places in Top Ten Vibrant Arts Communities in New National Study by the National Center for Arts Research

May 31, 2017

Frederick, MD – The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) housed at Southern Methodist University released a study April 24th which ranked the Frederick/Silver Spring/Rockville region in eighth place among “arts vibrant” communities all over the country. NCAR’s third annual “Arts Vibrancy Index” ranks more than 900 communities nationally, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in each city.

Within the overall index, supply is assessed by the total number of arts providers in the community, including the number of arts and culture organizations and employees, independent artists, and entertainment firms. Demand is gauged by the total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, including program revenue, contributed revenue, total expenses, and total compensation. Lastly, the level of government support is based on state and federal arts dollars and grants.

The Frederick region placed immediately below the metropolitan arts hotbed of Los Angeles, CA, and directly above rapidly revitalizing Newark, NJ. The Frederick Arts Council, the Weinberg Center for the Arts, the Delaplaine Arts Education Center, and the Frederick Festival of the Arts, among others, were mentioned by name in the NCAR report itself as direct contributors to the community’s creative investment and strength.

“In the current climate, it is more important than ever to recognize the vital role that the arts play in creating dynamic places to live, work, and visit, and the Arts Vibrancy Index shows us that this is the case in communities all across the country, not just in large cities and on the coasts,” said Dr. Zannie Giraud Voss, director of NCAR. “The index helps us understand what factors contribute to making an urban area artistically vibrant and culturally rich, and illustrates how vibrancy manifests in a wide variety of forms that are often tied to that community’s unique identity.”

“In Frederick we can feel that there is an energy around the arts and now we have data that supports the ways the arts are valued here,” said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the Frederick Arts Council. “Frederick’s reputation as an arts community is growing across the state, region and even nationally. As strong as these arts vibrancy indicators are, we have a long way to go in supporting our individual artists and arts nonprofits; ensuring that the arts are accessible to all; and linking them to the creative economy in ways that help make them more sustainable, thriving and growing over the long-term.”

The Frederick/Silver Spring/Rockville area came in third among larger communities nationally regarding contributed arts revenue to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations as well as arts expenditures. The full report is available to the public online at


About the National Center for Arts Research

In 2012, the Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business at SMU launched the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR). The vision of NCAR is to act as a catalyst for the transformation and sustainability of the national arts and cultural community. The goals of the Center are to unlock insights on: 1) arts attendance and patronage; 2) understanding how managerial decisions, arts attendance, and patronage affect one another; and 3) fiscal trends and fiscal stability of the arts in the U.S., and to create an in-depth assessment of the industry that allows arts and cultural leaders to make more informed decisions and improve the health of their organizations. To work toward these goals, NCAR integrates data from DataArts and its Cultural Data Profile[1] and other national and government sources such as Theatre Communications Group, the League of American Orchestras, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics. NCAR makes its findings available free of charge to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers, and the general public.For more information, please visit the NCAR website at

About the Frederick Arts Council

The Frederick Arts Council invests in a vibrant and cohesive arts community for the people of Frederick County. The organization fosters an environment where the arts flourish in the community through grants and scholarships, arts advocacy, and links to essential resources. FAC is responsible for large-scale programming such as the Frederick Festival of the Arts, Art in the Park, and Frederick County’s Arts in Education grants.For more information about the Frederick Arts Council,