Community Vitality
Arts and Culture Attendance

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Source: Rochester Business Journal

What does this measure?

Total number of attendees at arts and cultural attractions in the region each year as reported by Rochester Business Journal.

Why is this important?

Arts and cultural attractions bring visitors and money into the area. Cultural events also help retain local money and interest while contributing to regional prestige and quality of life.

How is our region performing?

Over 4.2 million individuals attended arts and cultural attractions in the region in 2016, down from nearly 4.4 million in 2015. At 4.6 million, 2008 was the region's peak year. Compared to 2004, attendance was up 25% in 2016. Attendance at musical attractions increased the most, by 135%, while attendance at festivals increased 25%. (It should be noted that attendance is, of course, influenced by the scale, quantity and frequency with which attractions and events are offered.)

Museums and zoos consistently had the highest overall annual attendance for the period, with a 2016 total attendance of 1.8 million. The Strong Museum was the region's best attended cultural attraction, with more than 550,000 visitors in 2016. The Lilac Festival was the best attended festival in 2016, attracting half a million visitors.

Notes about the data

Data is self-reported by arts organizations, and some large reported changes probably reflect differences in how attendance was counted from year to year, rather than true fluctuations in attendance. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the first quarter, with a 2-year lag.

Supplemental Data

Arts and Culture Attendance, 2016

Attractions Type Number of Visitors
The Strong Museums/Zoos 551,518
Lilac Festival Festivals 500,000
Rochester Museum and Science Center Museums/Zoos 382,800
Seneca Park Zoo Museums/Zoos 321,497
Park Ave Summer Art Festival Festivals 250,000
Memorial Art Gallery Museums/Zoos 225,200
Rochester International Jazz Festival Music 205,000
Fairport Canal Days Festivals 200,000
Geva Theatre Dance/Theatre 194,894
The Little Theatre Dance/Theatre 191,237
Eastman School of Music Music 180,000
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music 161,100
Corn Hill Festival Festivals 125,000
George Eastman Museum Museums/Zoos 113,950
Genesee Country Village and Museum Museums/Zoos 91,750
Naples Grape Festival Festivals 70,000
Rochester Fringe Festival Festivals 68,000
Ganondagan State Historic Site Museums/Zoos 50,000
Nazareth College Arts Center Dance/Theatre 45,745
Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park Museums/Zoos 35,000
Hilton Apple Festival Festivals 35,000
Hemlock Fair Festivals 34,000
Imagine RIT Festivals 30,000
Rochester Contemporary Art Center Museums/Zoos 25,000
Howard Stowe Roberts Cultural Life Center Dance/Theatre 23,000
Clothesline Festival Festivals 22,000
ArtisanWorks Museums/Zoos 15,600
Brockport Arts Festival Festivals 15,000
National Susan B Anthony Museum & House Museums/Zoos 13,000
Blackfriars of Rochester Dance/Theatre 10,000
CenterStage Theatre at the JCC Dance/Theatre 10,000
Downstairs Cabaret Theatre Dance/Theatre 9,443
Bristol Valley Theater Dance/Theatre 9,200
Palmyra Canaltown Days Festivals 7,000
Rochester Pride Festival Festivals 7,000
Rochester International Jewish Film Festival Festivals 5,008
ImageOut Film Festival Festivals 4,900
New York Museum of Transportation Museums/Zoos 4,420
Antique Wireless Museum Museums/Zoos 3,000
High Falls Film Festival Festivals 3,000
Rochester Jewish Book Festival Festivals 2,008
Native American Dance & Music Festival Festivals 2,000
Arts and Culture Attendance
200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
Dance/Theatre1,051,0651,057,496634,148914,854737,771822,873862,063742,354617,888684,771678,431449,024639,718781,894493,519
Festivals1,170,0001,175,0001,100,000912,000914,000907,5001,100,000760,000650,000700,000950,000885,0001,417,1001,295,1571,379,916
Museums/Zoos1,633,2231,406,2881,442,1341,502,0512,230,1742,340,9112,230,0641,967,2892,333,7071,854,7051,907,3821,835,2241,723,9551,765,0821,832,735
Music162,600164,800232,638252,845268,707343,000451,6001,031,900914,500330,100482,000586,032557,873541,170546,100
Total4,016,8883,803,5843,408,9203,581,7504,150,6524,414,2844,643,7274,501,5434,516,0953,569,5764,017,8133,755,2804,338,6464,383,3034,252,270

Source: Rochester Business Journal











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 80% 2016 3 1
Increasing
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 7% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.0 2014-16 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.7% 2015 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2013-17 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 18 2016 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.1 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 14 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,368 2017 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 81% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate 58% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
Registered Library Borrowers 63% 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 6.0 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2016 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.9% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $54,972 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.6% 2017 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 26% 2017 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 16% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
EITC Dollars $177 2016 1 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 0.5% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 5% 2017 2 1
Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 3% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 73% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,538 2017 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 44% 2017 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,208 2017 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $15,778 2017 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 43% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 48% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 41% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 45% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 78% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 85% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 87% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2016 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.4 2016 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 685 2016 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 52 2017 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 17 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $133,156 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $827 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 214 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 28 2017 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 54 2017 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.7 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 197.7 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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