Making musicCulture – the ways in which we enter into community life -- connects us to others who share similar lifeways and values. Cultural ideas, forms, and patterns shape our participation in collective life, maintaining identities within larger, fluctuating systems. Indicators of cultural vitality signal a community’s capacity to sustain itself, adapting to economic, social, and ecological changes in ways that meaningfully connect past, present, and future.

Cultural indicators include access to cultural opportunities that integrate ecological, economic, and social assets for community well-being. Cultural opportunities can be measured as jobs that depend on local community knowledge of ecological and social assets, or as state/federal recognition of and support for forms of artistic expression that stimulate reflection on community life and values, and new possibilities for participation in local, state, national and global citizenship.

These tools provide you with data to relate energy resource development to cultural opportunities available for communities near sites of energy resource extraction and production. Note, the tools do not prove that there is a causal correlation according to scholarly standards of statistical significance.

(This beta version of website only includes coal datasets. Datasets for the other energy sources will be included after the initial review and collaborator input).

fishingPlease send us feedback, using the Participatory Design page, to advise us of additional indicators for which you would like to see data. Indicators currently under consideration include:


  • independent artists, writers, and performers
  • forest nurseries and gathering of forest products
  • nature parks and similar institutions
  • distribution of arts funding
  • art making and art sharing
  • cultural recognition
  • place recognition
  • measuring arts availability
  • subsistence
  • traditions
  • access to cultural resources
  • access to cultural opportunites