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Mapping the Dance Landscape in Chicagoland

June 13, 2019

The Chicago region is a hub for arts and culture and boasts a thriving dance community. What do we know about the dance sector in Chicagoland (defined in this report as Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois and Lake County, Indiana)? And what do the data reveal about opportunities and challenges facing dancers, dance organizations, and the sector as whole?

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture

March 27, 2018

Published in the Winter 2018 edition of GIA Reader, the latest edition of GIA's annual Arts Funding Snapshot will include "Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2015," based on the most recent completed year of Foundation Center data, and "Public Funding for the Arts, 2017," prepared by the National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASAA). Reina Mukai, research manager for the Foundation Center, and Ryan Stubbs, research director for NASAA, share their insight into what these findings reveal about the current arts grantmaking environment.

SustainArts/Bay Area: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem 2015

April 10, 2015

For more than a year, the Sustain Arts research team has located, gathered, cleaned, reconciled, integrated, and analyzed more than a dozen highly relevant national, regional, and local data sets that collectively begin to tell a cogent story about the arts and cultural sector in the region. These data sets enable us to examine the interrelationships among organizations and their capitalization patterns, shifting demographics, and participation trends. By bringing these types of data together, we can begin to see how sector growth and development does or does not align with demographic changes or emerging cultural preferences. And we can begin to see whether capitalization flows favor established or emerging cultural organizations and how broadly (or narrowly) they serve the cultural needs of the community. The result is Sustain Arts/Bay Area: "A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem", a snapshot of key earnings from the 11 counties stakeholders agreed had the largest share of arts and cultural activity in the region: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma. This portrait accompanies a state-of-the-art online platform that allows users to explore the data in-depth.

Regional Trends; Special Topic Trends

Foundation Funding for Arts Education: An Update on Foundation Trends

April 10, 2015

To document the size and scope of arts education grantmaking by US foundations, Foundation Center and Grantmakers in the Arts collaborated on a 2005 report. The report examined foundation grantmaking for arts education between 1999 and 2003 and represented the most comprehensive analysis of foundation arts education support available. This new report updates the analysis of foundation arts education funding through 2012 and illustrates how support for arts education has evolved during a period of pronounced economic volatility and dramatic political and technological change.

Sustain Arts/SE Michigan: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem

October 26, 2014

This report discusses the potential use of data in arts organizations for strategic purposes. Data currently available on the cultural sector can lead to useful insights about the increasing proliferation of small arts organizations; the almost monolithic focus of private foundations on supporting a highly select group of large, well-established arts organizations; and the fact that established arts organizations are poorly positioned to satisfy emerging consumer preferences for cultural experiences. Such insights should provoke frank discussion and galvanize field leaders to advocate appropriate actions, both in response to existing disconnects and proactively, in anticipation of coming change. The data that are now available to the field are not perfect. In fact, that's part of the story that needs to be told about the cultural sector. Systematic data collection on artists, cultural organizations, and audiences receives only a token amount of government funding. Instead, it is left largely up to private organizations to document trends in both the nonprofit and for-profit cultural arenas. This leads to multiple non-overlapping data collection strategies, making it difficult to construct a coherent picture of the field. There are gaping holes in the puzzle, and the tales we tell with existing data must be told with caution.

Regional Trends; Special Topic Trends

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, 2014

September 1, 2014

Foundation Center offers these key findings from GIA's thirteenth snapshot of foundation giving to arts and culture. The definition of arts and culture used for this snapshot is based on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities and encompasses funding for the performing arts, museums, visual arts, multidisciplinary arts, media and communications, humanities, and historical preservation. Most importantly, the findings tell us about the changes in foundation giving for the arts between 2011 and 2012 by a matched set of 714 funders and the distribution of 2012 arts and culture giving by the 1,000 largest US foundations by total giving.1 They are based on all arts grants of $10,000 or more reported to Foundation Center by these sets of the largest US foundations, hereafter referred to as "the sample".2 The Center has conducted annual examinations of the giving patterns of the nation's largest foundations for close to four decades.

Sustain Arts/SE Michigan: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem - Key Findings

January 1, 2014

You wouldn't get much of an argument if you said that arts and data are just barely on speaking terms. Rarely have they interacted for strategic purposes. But for the first time in Southeast Michigan we're able to employ increasingly robust data to map out the broader cultural landscape in a user-friendly, relevant, and visually distinct way.For more than a year, the Sustain Arts research team has located, gathered, cleaned, reconciled, integrated, and analyzed more than a dozen highly relevant national, regional, and local data sets that collectively begin to tell a cogent story about the arts and cultural sector in the region. These data sets enable us to examine the interrelationships among organizations and their capitalization patterns, shifting demographics, and participation trends.The result is Sustain Arts/SE Michigan: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem, a report of key learnings from the four counties stakeholders agreed had the largest share of arts and cultural activity in the region: Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne. This report accompanies a state-of-the-art online platform that allows users to explore the data in-depth.

Key Lessons from the Field of Cultural Innovation

June 1, 2013

The primary purpose of this knowledge synthesis is to provide the Rockefeller Foundation staff with a broader context for considering the findings of an independent evaluation of the Foundation's Cultural Innovation Fund (CIF). The synthesis has been designed to help key audiences understand the state of play, common concepts, challenges, questions, and key lessons from arts organizations who are already engaging innovative strategies and practices.

Special Topic Trends

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, 2012

January 1, 2012

Includes: Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2010: A One-year Snapshot, and Public Funding for the Arts: 2012 Update

Special Topic Trends

Arts Funding Snapshot: GIA's Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture, 2011

January 1, 2011

Includes: Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2009: A One-year Snapshot, Public Funding for the Arts: 2011 Update, State Arts Agencies in the FY2012 Legislative Session: Challenges, Headlines, What's Working, and How Are Private Funders Responding to Cuts in Public Funding?

Special Topic Trends

Vital Signs: Snapshots of Arts Funding - Foundation Grants to Arts and Culture, 2008 & Public Funding for the Arts: 2010 Update

September 1, 2010

The Foundation Center offers these key findings from GIA's ninth snapshot of foundation giving to arts and culture. The definition of arts and culture used for this snapshot is based on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities and encompasses funding for the performing arts, museums, visual arts, multidisciplinary arts, media and communications, humanities, and historical preservation. Most important, the findings tell us about the changes in foundation giving for the arts between 2007 and 2008 by a matched set of 493 funders1 and the distribution of 2008 arts and culture giving by a larger sample of 1,490 foundations. They are based on all arts grants of $10,000 or more reported to the Foundation Center by these sets of the largest US foundations, hereafter referred to as "the sample."2 The center has conducted annual examinations of the giving patterns of the nation's largest foundations for more than three decades.

Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California 2009

October 1, 2009

Spotlight on Arts Grantmaking in California sheds light on grant priorities and the effect of the economic crisis on California arts funders and recipient organizations surveyed earlier in 2009. Findings show the contrast between types of support that grantmakers award compared to what arts groups say they need most. The report includes an analysis of arts grantmaking in 2007, including a list of the 10 largest California arts funders by total giving.

Regional Trends