Guide to Arts and Culture Related Federal Data Resources

Below is a list of publicly accessible data sources that include arts-related variables (some restrictions may apply). This list is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a dataset that belongs on this list, please email

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce 

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce

Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) -- a data repository that includes numerous datasets which are fit for exploration of arts research topics.

Internal Revenue Service

International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education
Note: additional datasets beyond the list below may exists that are also appropriate for exploration of arts research topics.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), U.S. National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), U.S. National Institutes of Health

National Science Foundation

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