“The Grand Rapids (MN) Arts and Culture Commission contracted with develop an Arts and Culture Plan for the city…The final result was a 10-year strategic plan complete with priorities, models, and suggested evaluations and resources. The plan just simply knocked the proverbial socks off our City Council. It was adopted by unanimous vote. Also the team was just a joy as they listened and listened to our ideas. They have the skills, background and contacts to complete any project regardless of size and scope.” —Kathy Dodge, Chair, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission


Metris Arts Consulting works with a range of clients from across the country and internationally, including philanthropic foundations, government agencies (local to federal), and arts and community development nonprofits. We view our clients as close partners and seek out collaborations with critical learners doing innovative and interesting work.

Our major clients and research sponsors to date include Americans for the Arts, Artplace AmericaArtspace, Bush Foundation, Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program/Bedlam Theatre, Center for Community Progress, the City of Carlsbad, CA, the City of Minneapolis, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hivos, the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kresge FoundationLINC, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, LISC, Markusen Economic Research, Mt. Auburn Associates, NeighborWorks America, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Houston, Slover Linett Audience Research Inc, Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design, the Urban Institute, Touchstone Theatre, and WaterFire Providence.

With our strategic partners, 2M Research Services, Markusen Economic Research, GO collaborative, and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, we have also completed projects for the Center for Cultural Innovation, the City of Grand Rapids, the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, the James Irvine Foundation, the Mayors 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), and the National Endowment for the Arts.