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New report: Public Funding for Art: Chicago Compared with 12 Peer Regions

Authored by Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Patience Baach, the report compares the direct public dollars received by organizations and artists in Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (OR), San Diego, and San Francisco from 2002-2012.

New report: The Retention of Chicago's Arts Students in Comparative Perspective

Authored by Jennifer Novak-Leonard and Patience Baach, the report examines the extent to which arts alumni remain in Chicago, whether attending school in Chicago helped keep them in the area, where they worked after graduation, and whether their used their arts training in their work.

New report: Measuring Chicago's (Artistically) Creative Economy

Authored by Jennifer Novak-Leonard, the report provides an objective benchmark for Chicago as it undertakes the goals articulated in the Chicago Cultural Plan 2012 of attracting and retaining creative professionals and measuring the size and strength of the cultural sector.

Jennifer Novak-Leonard wins NEA research grant

Congratulations to our own Jennifer Novak-Leonard, who has received an Art Works grant for research from the National Endowment for the Arts to study U.S. immigrants' cultural participation patterns.

Cultural Data Project releases "New Data Directions for the Cultural Landscape"

The CDP released "New Data Directions for the Cultural Landscape: Toward a Better-Informed, Stronger Sector," offering an assessment of the state of data collection and use in the arts and cultural sector, and recommending concrete steps toward a more strategic and coordinated approach to cultural data collection and use. Among the researchers consulted was our own Jennifer Novak-Leonard.

Special US issue of Cultural Trends edited by Betty Farrell

A special issue of the journal Cultural Trends focusing on issues in US cultural policy and edited by CPC executive director Betty Farrell is now available online (subscription required).

Set in Stone presented at the National Building Museum

On March 14, Set in Stone co-author Joanna Woronkowicz presented the study's findings at the National Building Museum. View a video of the 10-minute presentation on cultural building at the museum's website.

New paper on the feasibility of establishing an arts and culture research network

Written by CPC Senior Fellow Norman Bradburn, a new working paper examines the feasibility of establishing a research network dedicated to arts and culture. It notes, "The issue of cultural policy is no less important today than it was a decade and a half ago; arguably it is even more important because of the profound and rapid changes taking place in technology, in the increasingly diverse racial, ethnic and religious makeup of the nation, and the squeezing out of arts education under the pressure of increased emphasis on math and science education." However, "[w]hile the concepts "economic policy", "educational policy" and "health policy" have more or less understandable referents, the concept "cultural policy" most often elicits a cognitive blank." Download the full paper [PDF].

New York Times cites Campus Art Museums study

The article takes the newly expanded Yale University Art Gallery as its main example as it examines how art museums on university campuses are evolving. "Betty Farrell, the executive director of the policy center, noted that art museums have always been odd ducks within the academic structure, which is built around departments. But, she said, they are starting to find ways both to fit into their universities and to use their neither/nor status to serve as cultural gathering places for both students and the public."

The Cultural Policy Center report cited by the article is Campus Art Museums in the 21st Century: A Conversation.

Carroll Joynes featured on WQXR radio discussing Avery Fisher Hall renovation

On December 5, Set in Stone co-principal investigator Carroll Joynes appeared on WQXR, New York's classical music radio station, to discuss the renovation of Avery Fisher Hall. Drawing on results from the study and his more recent travels to performing arts centers around the nation, Professor Joynes talked about the pitfalls of cost overruns, leadership changes, and difficult decisions that often threaten cultural building projects. Listen to the 25-minute show here.

"Diversify or Die": Demographic Transformation report cited

This November 16 ArtInfo article revisits our report "Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums" in the context of the conversation spurred by the presidential election on the necessity of diversification. "Make no mistake about it," author Ben Davis writes, "the 'emerging majority' thesis has great significance for art and its institutions."



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