"NEFA commissioned Metris Arts Consulting to conduct an extensive report on the National Dance Project on the occasion of the program’s 20th anniversary. The report, Moving Dance Forward, included analysis of 20 years of grantmaking data along with new research on how dance artists and organizations create and tour dance work in the U.S. Partnering with Anne Gadwa Nicodemus and Rachel Engh helped us produce a comprehensive report that served as a roadmap for envisioning the program’s future." —Sara Crawford Nash, Program Director, NEFA


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, Arts Cleveland, Artplace AmericaArtspace, Bush Foundation, Center for Community Progress, the City of Carlsbad, CA, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hivos, the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kresge FoundationLINCLISC, NeighborWorks America, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Houston, the Urban Institute, Touchstone Theatre.

With our strategic partners, 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, Creative Capital, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Mayors Institute on City Design.