This study 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. Often, studies of public funding for the arts look at appropriations made on the national and state levels and estimates of local expenditures, but this report delves more deeply using grant-level data to examine the dollars received by organizations and artists resident in each city or region.
Is any city effective in retaining and employing its arts students, thus cultivating its future creative workforce? To inform this question, this brief examines the extent to which arts alumni remain in Chicago, whether attending school in Chicago helped keep them in the area, and where they live now. Additionally, we look at first work experiences, current employment, and the extent to which arts alumni feel their arts-training relates to both.