National Cultural Districts Exchange (ICPSR 36541)

Principal Investigator(s): Americans for the Arts


The National Cultural Districts Exchange provides a portal for accessing information on cultural districts in the United States. Cultural districts are defined as well-recognized, labeled areas of a city in which a high concentration of cultural facilities and programs serve as the main anchor of attraction. They help strengthen local economies, create an enhanced sense of place, and deepen local cultural capacity. The Nation Cultural Districts Exchange website provides tools and resources to help guide the development and advancement of Cultural Districts. The portal is provided by Americans for the Arts.

The portal offers tools and resources for the following areas:

  • Cultural Districts Basics
  • Developing a Cultural District
  • Advancing a Cultural District
  • Profiles of Cultural Districts
  • Cultural Districts Research
  • Cultural Districts Issue Briefs

Of particular interest to those involved in the arts are the phone survey results from 42 cultural districts in the United States which can be found on the Cultural Districts Research link and the Cultural Districts Interactive Map which provides data on over 300 cultural districts in the United States.

Access Notes

Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • National Endowment for the Arts

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    access to arts, art galleries, artists, arts, arts attendance, arts facilities, arts organizations, arts participation, arts programs, community development, community involvement, community organizations, community participation, consumers, cultural districts, economic activity, economic development, leisure, local government, recreation, revenue

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Cultural district

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    cultural districts in the United States

Data Type(s):    aggregate data, text, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The National Cultural Districts Exchange is made possible with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

For questions users can contact staff through the Americans for the Arts Contact Us page.

Related Publications

Free and easy access to data on the arts and on the arts' value and impact for individuals and communities