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Reports: Featured

Creative MN: The Impact of Minnesota's Artists, Creative Workers and Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations
Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, February 2017, 40 pp.
This report is intended to fill the gaps in available information about Minnesota's cultural field and to improve understanding of its importance to the quality of life and economy of the state. The study includes an in-depth analysis of the economic lives of Minnesota's artists and what they need to build a career and a life in the arts.   more info >

Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer
PolicyLink, February 2017, 64 pp.
Across the United States, growing movements focused on equitable development and community-centered arts and culture are uniting to strengthen the equity impact of their work. This report offers a framework for moving equitable development policy across multiple sectors — aided by and strengthening the use of arts and culture practice.   more info >

Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change: High Impact Strategies for Philanthropy
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, September 2016, 44 pp.
This report outlines compelling demographic, aesthetic and economic reasons for foundations to rethink their grantmaking practices to stay current with changes in the cultural sector and to continue to be relevant to the evolving needs of our communities. It considers how foundations that invest in the arts can make fairness and equity core principles of grantmaking by prioritizing underserved communities and investing in community organizing and civic engagement work in the arts and culture sector.   more info >

Diversity in the Arts: The Past, Present, and Future of African American and Latino Museums, Dance Companies, and Theater Companies
DeVos Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland, September 2016, 58 pp.
This paper explores the historical factors that shaped African American and Latino museums, theaters, and dance companies, and the status of these organizations throughout the United States. It offers suggestions for fostering sustainability among arts organizations of color.   more info >

Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists
Center for Cultural Innovation, September 2016, 88 pp.
This report explores how the definition of an artist has evolved and identifies major trends influencing artists today, including: changes in technology and social media, challenging economic conditions, structural inequalities within the arts ecosystem, and training and funding systems that have not kept pace with the way artists are working today.   more info >

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts - Theory of Change Literature Review
Wilder Research, July 2016, 4 pp.
Interact is a theater and visual arts organization that works with people with disabilities. They worked with Wilder Research to develop a theory of change for Interact's model of making art.   more info >

The Minneapolis Creative Index 2015: Understanding the Scale and Impact of Minneapolis' Creative Sector
City of Minneapolis’ program on Arts, Culture and Creative Economy, June 2016, 17 pp.
The Creative Vitality Index (CVI) is a tool that measures annual changes in the economic health of highly-creative industries using information about organizational revenue, jobs, and other measures from creative businesses and nonprofits. A 2013 report is also available.   more info >

Preparing Students for the Next America: The Benefits of an Art Education
Arts Education Partnership, April 2016, 6 pp.
This research bulletin offers an evidenced-based snapshot of how the arts support achievement in school while bolstering the skills demanded of a 21st century workforce and enrich the lives of young people and communities.   more info >

NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index Report
National Center for Arts Research, March 2016, 30 pp.
This report ranks arts vibrancy in more than 900 communities across the country, examining the level of supply, demand, and government support for the arts in small, medium and large cities. Factors include the number of art providers and organizations, the amount of nonprofit arts dollars generated and spent, and state and federal arts funding within each community. The Twin Cities metropolitan area and the city of St. Cloud are on the list.   more info >

Does “Strong and Effective” Look Different for Culturally Specific Arts Organizations?
National Center for Arts Research , January 2016, 12 pp.
This report examines the distinguishing characteristics of arts organizations that primarily serve Asian American, African American, and Hispanic/Latino communities. The study is designed to provide insights, based on measurable data, about the operating contexts and unique challenges that these organizations face.   more info >

The Arts in Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Benefits of Arts Participation
National Endowment for the Arts, December 2015, 32 pp.
This report is a literature review and gap-analysis of recent research about the arts’ relationship to social-emotional benefits in early childhood. It includes participation in music-based activities, drama/theater, and visual arts and crafts, and covers the period from 2000 to 2015.   more info >

Yes and No: Conversations about Thriving with Artists of Color in the Twin Cities
McKnight Foundation, June 2015, 32 pp.
Developed in partnership with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, this report is a targeted exploration of the perspectives and experiences of working artists of color designed to inform philanthropic planning and practices in the arts.   more info >

GRMN Creates: An Arts and Culture Roadmap
Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission, April 2015, 88 pp.
This report describes a ten-year strategic plan on ways to support and advance community arts and culture in Grand Rapids, MN. It identifies local needs and opportunities, matching those ideas with best practices from across the country on how cities of a similar size have used the arts to help grow their economies, enhance their physical environments, and support community development efforts.   more info >

The Art of Community: Creativity at the Crossroads of Immigrant Cultures and Social Services
The Institute for Cultural Partnerships, and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, July 2013, 36 pp.
This report consists of case studies which show how practicing cultural traditions and participating in arts activities can have a positive impact on the resettlement process and well-being of individuals from immigrant communities.   more info >

Culture Connects All: Rethinking Audiences in Times of Demographic Change
Partners for Livable Communities, September 2012, 99 pp.
This report considers the ways in which cultural organizations might reach out and connect to two growing populations: older adults and immigrant communities. Specifically, the results of this research call for active and meaningful engagement of these populations not only as audiences but also as active participants involved in shaping the creations, presentation, and advancement of art in society.   more info >

Web sites

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
This site shares information on state arts agency programs and links to useful arts participation research, as well as resources that can help to widen access to the arts for all populations    more info >

National Art Education Association
This site compiles research on the impact of the arts in education and provides a clearinghousing and review of state policies for arts education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   more info >

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