In 2016,Â Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) commissioned Metris Arts Consulting to produce Culture Pulse 2016, the latest in its annual Culture Pulse report series. Through its Culture Pulse reports, CPAC shares information on the health of Cuyahoga Countyâ€™s arts and cultural sector with local and regional stakeholders. It seeks to empower arts and cultural nonprofits, artists, and funders with objective data so that they may better nurture the arts and cultural sector. The Metris-produced Culture Pulse 2016 report maintained continuity with the series; it retained DataArts organizational profile data as a core data source to report information on participating arts and cultural organizationsâ€™ financial, human capital and space resources. However, Metris improved upon past reports in several ways: we explored longitudinal trends, we parsed data by organizational budget size, and we added narrative interpretation of trends informed by stakeholder focus groups and a national literature review.
For the City of Minneapolisâ€™ Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy Program, Metris Arts produced the Minneapolis Creative Index 2015. Building on 2013 and 2014 reports, it highlights annual changes in the economic health of Minneapolisâ€™ creative sector by tracking creative industry sales, nonprofit revenues, and occupations. In keeping with the City of Minneapolisâ€™ commitment to gender and racial equity, the report also includes conversations with six creative workers of color: architectural professionals and producers & directors. These occupations have greater disparities for people of color (as well as women) than the average labor force in Minneapolisâ€™ metro area but are also â€śgood jobs,â€ť meaning that theyâ€™re growing and pay high hourly wages. In these conversations, we explored barriers to and opportunities for people of color to succeed in these jobs in Minneapolis.
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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.