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Reports: Featured

The Engagement Revoluation: A Study of Strategic Organizational Transformation in 10 California Arts Nonprofits
The James Irvine Foundation, October 2017, 71 pp.
To stay relevant to changing communities, many arts organizations have been designing programs to reach a broader range of people and involve them actively in how art is made and experienced. This evaluation documents the efforts of 10 arts nonprofit organizations in California to improve and sustain their reach and relevance to ethnically diverse or low-income audiences.   more info >

Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
Wilder Research, May 2017, 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 and an evaluation and replication framework.   more info >

NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index III: Hotbeds of America's Arts and Culture
National Center for Arts Research, April 2017, 33 pp.
The 2017 NCAR Arts Vibrancy Index ranks the most vibrant arts cities in America. NCAR provides scores for every U.S. county based on measures of arts dollars, arts providers, government support, and socioeconomic and other leisure characteristics.   more info >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

When Going Gets Tough: Barriers and Motivations Affecting Arts Attendance​
National Endowment for the Arts, January 2015, 62 pp.
This report examines demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of adults who attended visual and performing arts activities in 2012, but unlike prior NEA research it offers in-depth perspectives on attitudes, motivations, and barriers concerning arts attendance. Based on a NEA module to the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS).   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 >

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 clearinghouse and review of state policies for arts education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.   more info >

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