The big complaint in the local arts scene is the overall lack of support, a point driven home by a recent study. Southern Methodist University’s National Center for Arts Research released its first Arts Vibrancy Index determining the “hotbeds of America’s arts and culture.” While the Las Vegas metropolitan area didn’t rank in the most vibrant top 20, it actually didn’t do too poorly, placing in the 81-90 overall percentile out of 900 communities, large and small.
Clark County excelled in the number of arts organizations, independent artists and arts, entertainment and culture employees. But in terms of supporting the arts—earned revenue from people participating in nonprofit arts and cultural organizations—Clark County was in the 48th percentile. The Las Vegas Valley truly bottomed out in the grant-funding category (government support), scoring a paltry 3 out of 100, also tallying sad scores of 6 in state grant dollars and 1 in federal grant numbers.