"Art Museums by the Numbers" is released annually by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) to inform thinking both inside and outside the field on art museums' operations and how they serve their communities. The report provides an overview of the field with benchmarking data drawn from AAMD's yearly member survey. The report was first released in 2014; as the data set grows each year, AAMD tracks changes over time to present insights on the vital role art museums play throughout North America.

In addition to information on revenue and expenses, attendance, collections and admissions, this year "Art Museums by the Numbers" includes two new data points to illustrate the civic role museums play within their communities: the number of schools served and the number of volunteers who dedicated their time to supporting AAMD member museums.With little fluctuation between the 2014, 2015, and 2016 data sets, there is a strong indication of continued stability in the art museum field.

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