October 2018

These are recent reports that have just been added to the CultureLab Library. Similar to last month’s research share, articles this month focus on shifts happening in the arts landscape, including public perceptions, creative placemaking, and funding.

A reminder to reach out to me if you would like to see something featured in the research share. Remember that if you do not yet have access to the CultureLab Library, you can request access on the log-in page.

1. National Association of Latino Arts Organizations. “A Call to Collaborate: Continued Inequity in Funding Houston Latinx Arts Organizations.” 2018. United States.

This report from NALAC highlights dramatic funding disparities for Latino arts and cultural organizations in Houston. The research looks at the state of arts funding in Houston from 2010 to 2015, analyzing disbursements of the Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax and four prominent Houston foundations. While Houston’s Latino communities represent 44% of the population, current support for Latino arts and culture is not proportional by any measure. The report’s launch offers an opportunity for public and private stakeholders to collaborate and find solutions to equity issues.


2. Philippe Schneider, Sarah Thelwall, Richard Turpin, Patrick Towell, and Sophia Woodley. Arts Council England. “What is Resilience Anyways?” 2018. United Kingdom.

Arts Council England commissioned Golant Media Ventures and The Audience Agency to research how resilience is currently understood in the arts and culture sector – and whether the understanding of funders and policymakers is congruent with that of others within the sector. The new study, said to be the first substantive piece of research on resilience published by ACE since 2010, involved experts, academics and practitioners in the sector. The findings are drawn from a wide range of sources, including a literature review, interviews and over 1,000 responses to a survey.


3. Americans for the Arts. “Americans Speak Out About The Arts in 2018.” 2018. United States.

Americans Speak Out About The Arts in 2018 is the second in a series of national public opinion surveys about the arts (the first was conducted in 2015). The poll was conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs during the week of May 9-16, 2018.


4. Chelsea A. Allinger, Danielle Lewinski, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Susan Fitter Harris, and Rachel Engh. Metris Arts Consulting and Center for Community Progress. “Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities.” 2018. United States.

In 2017, Center for Community Progress engaged Metris to support an exploration of using creative placemaking on vacant properties to foster equitable revitalization. Throughout the project, interdisciplinary cohorts from four cities participated in learning exchanges to gain knowledge and tools.


5. Department of Canadian Heritage. “Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions.” 2018. Canada.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is pleased to present the third iteration of the Government of Canada Survey of Heritage Institutions. The 2017 survey captured financial and operating data on not-for-profit heritage institutions in Canada for the 2015 data year, as well as building and capital infrastructure data for the 2017 data year.