Organizations should select the artistic category that most closely characterizes the predominant activities of their organization.
Arts Services organizations have a primary mission to provide services for the arts community including artists and arts organizations.
Dance organizations produce, present and educate audiences on activities comprised of human movement, typically rhythmic and to music, used as a form of audience entertainment in a performance setting ranging from functional movement to codified, virtuoso techniques such as ballet.
Musical Arts organizations present and produce a wide range of music, from classical to contemporary. It supports performing ensembles and music presenting institutions including chamber music ensembles, choruses, early music programs, jazz ensembles, music festivals, and symphony orchestras.
Literary Arts organizations inspire, enrich, educate and entertain through the development, presentation and publication of works by writers and translators that connect audiences and reflect a rich diversity of voices.
Media Arts organizations produce and/or present screen-based projects presented through film, television, radio, audio, and video, the internet including interactive and mobile technologies, video games, transmedia storytelling, media-related printed books, catalogues and journals.
Theatre organizations produce and present performances that act out stories in front of an audience, using a combination of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle taking on such forms as plays, musicals, opera, ballet, illusion, mime, pantomime, improve and non-conventional or contemporary forms comprising postmodern theatre, post-dramatic theatre or performance art.
Multi-Disciplinary Arts organizations produce and present artistic works and events that present multiple disciplines, combine and/or integrate art forms, explore boundaries between art disciplines, fuse or transcend disciplines and champion new forms of artistic expression.
Visual Arts organizations produce and present activities that may involve exhibitions, residencies, classes, workshops, lectures, and/or artist and teacher training. These activities may take place in a wide variety of locations including galleries, studios, classrooms and office spaces.
Museums engage in activities that provide aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement through support of exhibitions, conservation and care of collections, commissions, public art works, community engagement, education activities and other museum work.