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Markusen Economic Research;
Examines the budgets, disciplinary focus, geographic distribution, and economic impact of California's arts and cultural nonprofit groups; workforce, volunteers, and supporters; and governance, organizational relationships, and challenges.
Chicago Community Trust;
The Arts and Culture Report was developed by Arts Alliance Illinois in collaboration with an advisory committee. The report was commissioned by The Chicago Community Trust to support the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional planning effort led by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).
Explores the potential of people who participate in arts and culture as a resource for community organizers, funders and policymakers who are seeking ways to strengthen communities.
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta;
Provides an overview of Atlanta area arts and cultural organizations; the role of the arts in education, youth engagement, community development, and support for underserved populations; and the foundation's support for the arts between 2005 and 2009.
Report outlines seven best practices in arts and culture fundraising and also illustrates how several high performing organizations are putting these into action. Gives an overview of the arts market and fundraising landscape. Appendices include worksheets for wealth screening (gifts and prospect/portfolio analysis), and a sample prospect tracking form.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation;
The intent of the Arts & Culture Loan Fund was to address systemic financial issues among small- to mid-sized Chicago-based arts organizations.
This evaluation was designed to understand the extent to which the program achieved its intended results. The following hierarchy of program objectives serves as the framework for the evaluation process and this report.
1. Enable participants to manage short-term cash flow
2. Enable participants to build relationships with commercial lenders
3. Provide participants with quality technical assistance
Presents findings by the Urban Institute's Arts and Culture Indicators in Community Building Project on a range of arts and cultural participation within the context of various community building processes.
National Center for Arts Research (NCAR);
What factors make up a community's arts vibrancy, and which cities possess them? While the complex mixture of attributes is a large puzzle to piece together, it is increasingly sought after by civic leaders, funders and policy makers. As a contribution to this growing interest, we have undertaken an analytical assessment of arts vibrancy across U.S. cities and developed the Arts Vibrancy Index, a set of data-based indices that highlight metropolitan areas whose arts and culture scenes pulsate with vigor and activity in a variety of ways.
In fall 2009 The Opportunity Agenda launched an Immigration Arts and Culture Initiative with the goal of fostering arts, culture, and media activities that promote the inclusion, integration, and human rights of immigrants in the United States. The near-term focus of the initiative is to inform, engage, and inspire the creative community and advocates of immigrant inclusion on how they might effectively collaborate with one another to engage key audiences on the issue of national immigration reform. The longer-term goal is to highlight and develop best practices and effective models for the creative community and immigrant advocacy organizations to build public support for immigrant integration and human rights and a funding base for creative collaboration across immigrant integration and human rights issues.
Nonprofit Finance Fund;
This survey chronicles the challenges facing the nonprofit sector. The picture painted by this survey data reminds us of how far we have come. But it also points toward the work that remains to be done if we truly value the organizations that exist to enrich our lives and communities. While many have developed and carried out new, creative ways to engage audiences, visitors and supporters, those strategies have not necessarily resulted in greater financial resilience. And while half of arts respondents reported expanding their programs last year, funding restrictions continue to leave many grappling with challenges like uneven cash flow, few or no reserves, and aging or under-resourced facilities. This report focuses on systemic barriers within the arts funding system -- as well as the actions and strategies that arts organizations are taking to cope with those barriers, while adapting to a world in artistic flux.
Offers a framework for capturing and measuring arts, culture, and creative expression at the neighborhood level. Discusses the presence of opportunities for cultural participation, impacts of participation, and support systems for cultural expression.