Creative Communities

Research Brief: Strategies for Sustaining Arts and Culture in the Metropolis

The nonprofit arts face an environment that challenges their continued growth and raises the prospect of future consolidation. Focusing on the relationship among the components of local communities' "arts ecology," this research develops a new framework for evaluating systems of support to the arts. It draws lessons from Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Pittsburgh. Using a novel approach, researchers assess the strengths and weaknesses of Philadelphia's arts sector and offer recommendations for ensuring its sustainability.

Published: March 2007
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