Author(s): Stern, Mark J. and Seifert, Susan C.
Date of Publication: Mar 01, 2017

This report presents the current findings of a study of culture and social wellbeing in New York City conducted by the University of Pennsylvania Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) in collaboration with Reinvestment Fund. The project began in the fall of 2014 when SIAP accepted an invitation from Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of Cultural Affairs for the City, to conduct a study of the social value of the arts. The study builds on SIAP’s over twenty years of research and writing on the non-­‐ economic impact of the arts on urban communities. During that time, SIAP has

Author(s): Laramee Kidd, Susannah; Korza, Pam
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2017

The Evaluator / Researcher Companion to Animating Democracy’s framework, Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change, offers ideas and insights to help evaluators and researchers apply the framework to address their needs and interests.  Aesthetic Perspectives aims to enhance understanding and evaluation of creative work at the intersection of arts and community/civic engagement, community development, and justice. It offers 11 artistic attributes that elevate aesthetics in civically and socially engaged art, expand the criteria for

Author(s): Borstel, John; Korza, Pam; Assaf, Andrea, Dwyer, Chris; Valdez, Mark; Brown, Denise; Schaffer Bacon, Barbara
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2017

Aesthetic Perspectives is a framework developed by Animating Democracy to enhance understanding and evaluation of Arts for Change—creative work at the intersection of arts and community/civic engagement, community development, and justice.  Arts for Change projects often challenge the conventional terms by which creative work is described and assessed.  In the U.S., evaluative practices—from academia to art criticism to funding panels—have historically been dominated by Euro-American values.  Developed by artists with ally evaluators and funders, the

Author(s): Head, Al
Date of Publication: Feb 01, 2016

This report outlines the state of Alabama's efforts to bolster support and advoacy for Arts Education through the establishment of an Arts Education Leadership Team. The task force also looked at several data points and cultural climate indicators. 

Author(s): Grimes, Madeline
Date of Publication: Nov 01, 2015

The market for symphony orchestras and universities is closely examined by assessing the behavior of Yougstown State Univeristy students and their consumption of the art form. The study investigates factors that may influence Youngstown State University students in their consumption, such as poor marketing of events, alternative forms of entertainment, and high ticket prices.

Author(s): Bloom, Joshua and Phillips, Surale
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2015

Inspired by the popular 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) installation, The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation is a standalone musical installation available for international touring.Since 2011, the original 21 Swings installation has attracted millions of fans to the Quartier des spectacles area in Montréal, where every day each swing has swung an average of 8,500 times. This is a study and compartive analysis of the impact the project had on three citie

Author(s): Arts Education in Maryland Schools
Date of Publication: Sep 01, 2014

This report examines the state of Maryland’s policies and regulations on arts curriculum and instruction; determines the current status of arts education in Maryland schools; and, makes recommendations to the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council regarding fine arts education in Maryland.

Author(s): Gan, Anne Marie; Voss, Zannie and Voss, Glenn B.
Date of Publication: Jul 01, 2014

"In the March 2013 budget resolution for FY 2014, the House Committee on the Budget raised concerns that the activities and content funded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) constitute “a wealth transfer from poorer to wealthier citizens.” ......This research examines the accuracy of this argument through data-driven inquiry.

Author(s): The Conference Board
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2014

Social impact measurement, is one of the most difficult challenges facing the philanthropy and social sectors, and the arts sector in particular. Although there is agreement within the field that socially motivated organizations must do more to accurately measure their impact, the practice is expensive and difficult. This raises tough questions about where the responsibility for funding such expenses lies. Is it with the resource-strapped nonprofit organizations or with their backers who increasingly demand the information?

Author(s): Baxley, Joel; Burgess, Susanne; Melnik, Laurie; and Nesbit, Marissa.
Date of Publication: Jan 01, 2014

The south arts education study part two, focuses on describing the nature of successful arts education programs in the region, rather than statistical analysis that was done in the south arts education study part one. Case studies were the primary source for the concluding recommendations. The aim of the report was to look at quality from the ground up. The report found a need for strong supportive principles, collaborative work, and community partnership, when building successful arts education programs in the south. It also stressed the need for capable arts staff, who were motivated to