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Shared insights that arts organizations can use to build and sustain participation in their programs and activities.
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Reports, articles and tools:
(November 2008) This study by RAND explores how state arts agencies, which play a central role in public support of the arts, are changing in response to demographic, political and economic realities.
(September 2008) This study by RAND offers a new way of thinking about the challenge of expanding arts participation by focusing more on the critical role of arts learning in cultivating demand for the arts.
(August 2008) How can arts organizations use marketing, research and new technologies to expand their audiences? This report on a recent Wallace conference discusses how it’s being done.
(July 2008) This “Story from the Field” explores how Dallas’s Thriving Minds initiative is expanding and improving arts learning opportunities both inside and outside of school for that city’s children.
(June 2008) In a number of urban areas in recent years, arts learning advocates have sought to counter a generation-long decline in public school arts education by forming coordinated networks of schools, cultural organizations, funders, local government and other groups to work in common to revive arts learning.
(August 2006) State arts agencies seeking increased state government support for the arts should strengthen their relationships with elected officials and raise their profile with the public.
(October 2005) How state arts agencies can build their public value by strengthening ties to people and to the arts community.
(November 2005) In-depth data and insights about what drives people to attend different types of arts events and what this means for increasing involvement.
(November 2005) A groundbreaking national survey of the motivations of audiences at different kinds of arts events and the practical implications for participation-building.
(March 2005) How cultural organizations can benefit from partnerships while avoiding their potential pitfalls.
(February 2005) Public policy should be informed by a broader view of the benefits of the arts, and a stronger focus on introducing more Americans to engaging arts experiences beginning at an early age.
(August 2004) How large and small arts organizations can help each other build participation if they can overcome the challenges of these relationships.
(August 2004) The two-way benefits that result when arts- and non-arts organizations make the right collaborative match.
(June 2004) How state arts agencies can build and broaden audiences in an environment of scarce funding and awareness.
(June 2004) State arts agencies are developing innovative ways to refocus their efforts from supporting arts providers through grant-giving to the larger public benefits of their work.