2017 GIA Conference
Detroit, MI   October 28–31
Legacy and Leadership

Movements That Matter

How Data-driven Strategies are Building Communities

Monday, October 30, 10:00am – 11:30am

LaSalle B

Organized and moderated by San San Wong, Senior Program Officer, Barr Foundation.

Presented by Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research & Policy, Americans for the Arts; David Fraher, President & CEO, Arts Midwest; and Arin Sullivan, Vice President and Director of Programs and Products, DataArts.

In the coming years, the cultural sector faces an uphill battle to preserve and deepen America’s investments in the arts. Three major national-level research initiatives are advancing use of localized data for arts advocacy and cultural policy development: Arts Midwest’s Creating Connection, which uses data-driven, values-based messages and tools to build public support; DataArts’ community empowerment strategy, which provides a DIY advocacy tool and online courses to build skills; and Arts & Economic Prosperity 5, an economic impact study carried out in 341 regions across all fifty states. Presenters will provide examples of how the initiatives are being applied at the local and state level by both private and public sector arts funders.