Since 2013,Â Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC)Â has published an annualÂ Culture PulseÂ report, a document that aims to surface information on the health of Cuyahoga Countyâ€™s (Northeast Ohio) arts and cultural nonprofit sector. In 2016, CPAC commissioned Metris Arts to produce the report, which sheds light on the financial health of the sector and the financial, human capital, and space resources of Cuyahoga County’s arts and cultural organizations. It integrates DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project) organizational profile data, with qualitative data gathered from focus groups with representatives from small, mid-sized, and large arts and cultural nonprofits, and findings from a literature review on issues affecting nonprofit arts and cultural organizationsâ€™ financial sustainability.
For the Capital Region Creative Economy Project, Metris was the lead contributor for profiles of five creative economy industry segments: design, media, visual arts and handcrafted products, performing arts, and heritage and preservation. The overall project set out to better understand and assess the nature of the creative economy of the eight county Capital Region of New York. Mt. Auburn Associates led the effort on behalf of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Center for Economic Growth.
Californiaâ€™s Arts and Cultural Ecology provides fresh insights into the California nonprofit arts sector and the people who take part in it. Key findings include that the state stands out because of the avid participation of its people, the diversity and abundance of its arts organizations and the varied regional characteristics of its arts sector. Californiaâ€™s regions reflect distinctive populations, participation rates, numbers and types of arts and culture organizations, and levels of arts funding. To reveal the significant role that arts and cultural play in the daily lives of Californiansâ€™, the research team integrated qualitative interviews and a range of data sources (California Cultural Data Project, the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the American Community Survey, and others). Commissioned by the James Irvine Foundation.
Creative Placemaking explores the livability and economic development outcomes of creative placemaking, whereby cross-sector partners strategically shape the physical and social character of locales around arts and cultural activities. The research summarizes two decades of creative American placemaking, drawing on original economic research and case studies of path breaking initiatives in large and small cities, metropolitan to rural. The report is a resource for mayors, arts organizations, the philanthropic sector, and others interested in understanding strategies for leveraging the arts to help shape and revitalize the physical, social, and economic character of neighborhoods, cities, and towns. A white paper for The Mayorsâ€™ Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation. Creative Placemaking has also been translated into Korean (Arts Council Korea, 2014).