Metris Arts Consulting

“Gadwa's thoughtful and thorough approach meant valuable research we could translate into action. The project contributed to a 100% growth of our youth program this year and entirely new horizons in resident and artist connections in Cedar Riverside.” —John Bueche, Bedlam Theatre Executive Artistic Director


Metris believes in the power of culture to enrich people’s lives and help communities thrive. We believe those benefits should be broadly shared and inclusively developed.


Metris seeks to provide high caliber planning, research, and evaluation services to reveal arts impacts and help communities equitably improve cultural vitality. To accelerate change, we seek to share knowledge and amplify the voices of those closest to the work.


Metris strives to:

  • Produce evaluations, reports, and plans that are rigorous, clear, compelling, and relevant
  • Actively collaborate with clients, prioritizing those who embrace critical learning
  • Promote field-building through public speaking, academic and popular writing, and by making its work products widely available
  • Deepen its commitments to equity through our work and employment practices

Launched in 2009, Metris is best known for principal Anne Gadwa Nicodemus’ leading work in the realm of creative placemaking, but core service offerings also include place-based arts and culture ecology studies, arts and culture plans for cities and towns, and robust project evaluations. Our ability to undertake rigorous research (both quantitative and qualitative) and effectively connect it to big-picture trends quickly garnered the field’s respect. Since 2012, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus has been named annually to WESTAF blog’s peer-nominated list of the top 50 most powerful and influential people in the nonprofit arts, for being “increasingly recognized as one of the key, pivotal point people in the world of arts data and research.”

What do we actually do? We help change-agents equitably improve cultural vitality. We’re micro and macro. We wrestle ugly data into submission and crank meaningful stats. We interview lots of different people and run focus groups. We listen deeply. We analyze impacts and lessons learned. We track big picture developments. We articulate and amplify policy trends. We ask good questions. We make maps. We help communities develop cultural plans and inventory assets. We create tools to help monitor progress towards reaching project goals. We collaborate on real-time creative placemaking efforts, both as thought-partners and by providing data analysis. We ask more good questions. We share ideas. We advance the conversation.

The “work” translates into think pieces and presentations, creative economy research, studies of culture in community development, robust evaluationsplanning and technical assistance, and book chapters and journal articles—critical resources for a range of national and international clients, including philanthropic foundations, government agencies, and community and arts nonprofits.

We’re always happy to explore potential work. Metris views clients as active partners and particularly desires relationships with entities that are open to critical learning and innovation. We also seek opportunities to deepen our commitments to racial and cultural equity through both our work products and practices.

We serve a national client base from our location in Easton, PA. We are a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and a Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) certified through the National Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.


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