Non-Ranked Nonprofit Reviews: National Arts & Culture 2010

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Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. -Stella Adler
Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. -Stella Adler

This is the complete list of all non-ranked nonprofits reviewed by our experts. We do not have enough information at this time to recommend these organizations, but have provided you with the complete expert reviews to learn more.


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The Mattress Factory (7 recommendations) Now 33 years old, this is a globally unique and globally known museum of installation art. The Mattress Factory has a permanent collection. It also mounts temporary exhibitions. For these, the artist is in residence in one of their houses for at least a month (usually more) to make new work. The focus is on the artist. Founder Barbara Luderowski says 'the only rule is that there are no rules.' In addition, they do extraordinary work through their education program and in the local culturally diverse neighborhood.
The Mattress Factory
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http://www.mattress.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Now 33 years old, this is a globally unique and globally known museum of installation art. The Mattress Factory has a permanent collection. It also mounts temporary exhibitions. For these, the artist is in residence in one of their houses for at least a month (usually more) to make new work. The focus is on the artist. Founder Barbara Luderowski says 'the only rule is that there are no rules.' In addition, they do extraordinary work through their education program and in the local culturally diverse neighborhood.
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In my view, they exhibit an unsurpassed commitment to the creation, development, and presentation of emerging artistry (alongside that of established artists) in the realm of installation art.
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They offer a long term, unique installation art space, programming, and artist opportunities galore. They have an amazing reputation nationally and internationally. They manage to connect on a local level as well.
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They have an international reputation for installation art; this is one of the first places visitors want to go.

Organizational Strengths

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This is a small, funky Pittsburgh-based company that is on the bleeding edge. It is great to see this type of organization on this list. They are off the radar screen for most of America.
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The 30 year relationship and shared dynamic vision of the founder, co-director, and president, Barbara Luderowski and her co-director Michael Olijnyk are strengths. The main building and the acquired houses in the neighborhood where artists stay when they are working at Mattress Factory are also assets.
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The leadership combination of director Barbara Luderowski and Senior Curator Michael Olijnyk over more than two decades has led the factory along an extraordinarily innovative evolutionary journey.
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They have long term strong leadership with a vision. This is a great place to work and a happy diligent staff.
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They do cutting edge new work in the visual arts and it remains a top venue.
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They are great collaborators, a great and dedicated staff, and are very welcoming to the neighborhood (a model of how to be a good neighbor). They also attract world class artists to exhibit there.

Areas for Improvement

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This is a nationally known home for artists, but they could do a better job connecting to the surrounding neighborhood.
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They have a stronger reputation amongst installation artists internationally than in the city. They have been unable to break through the 'glass ceiling' of a certain level of philanthropic funding.
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It seems to me that the Mattress Factory may have a need to strengthen the quality of its fundraising/development staff.
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They always need more funds and they could expand vision culturally.
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Their finances, year to year, can be dicey. They have no long term succession planning in place.
Alliance Of Artists Communities (3 recommendations) The Alliance for Artists Communities is the leader in the field of artist residency programs and creates value by improving the quality of the artist residencies that thousands of artists take part in every year. These residencies allow artists to create new work, and in doing so revitalize communities.
Alliance Of Artists Communities
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http://www.artistcommunities.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The Alliance for Artists Communities is the leader in the field of artist residency programs and creates value by improving the quality of the artist residencies that thousands of artists take part in every year. These residencies allow artists to create new work, and in doing so revitalize communities.
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This organization shares program and organizational information and has impact through spreading awareness of opportunities for artists.
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AAC has gathered critical information about retreat residency sites for artists, connected those sites to each other and the broader field, and they have begun to help the field of artist communities evolve and make the case for its practice.

Organizational Strengths

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The organization has dynamic leadership in Caitlyn Strokosch and promotes and empowers its younger staff. It runs a national organization on a three person staff and is very frugal in how it operates.
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Their strengths are their staff, marketing, and participation by member groups.
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They are extremely accessible and have dynamic leadership.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with greater support from non-member organizations.
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It would be great if they could go even further in the areas of advocacy and marketing to get more resources to artist communities and to evolve the field and the general public's understanding about their impact.
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center (3 recommendations) The Hammer has a fantastic exhibition program. The residency allows an artist to create work in Los Angeles to then present at the museum.
Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center
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http://hammer.ucla.edu/

Evidence of Impact

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The Hammer has a fantastic exhibition program. The residency allows an artist to create work in Los Angeles to then present at the museum.
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At the core of the Hammer's mission is the recognition that artists play a crucial role in all aspects of human experience. The Museum approaches the arts with the same quest for knowledge, discovery, and understanding that guides the scientist, engineer, or anthropologist. They see it as part of their mission to pursue the margins, explore unknown territory, rediscover the familiar, and take risks.
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This is a merged museum that has moved from a footnote in the community to an integrated gathering place, featuring fine art, amazing performances, lectures, and political and community gatherings.

Organizational Strengths

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The location and exhibition spaces are fantastic. The museum does a lot of related programming for its exhibitions that draw large audiences.
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The museum is positioned—both physically and metaphorically—at the gateway between the city of Los Angeles and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The museum is the entry through which the general public can gain access to the diverse riches of the University community. Meanwhile, through the programs and exhibitions of the Museum, UCLA students gain first-hand exposure to the larger world of creative human endeavors. UCLA’s mandate of pursuing cutting-edge research within the sciences and the humanities is reflected in the Hammer Museum’s renowned exhibitions and programs.
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Ann Philbin has led this organization into health and relevance. She is brilliant at building alliances and partnerships.
Big Thought (3 recommendations) Their impact is through their arts education and integrating arts in learning.
Big Thought
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http://www.bigthought.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is through their arts education and integrating arts in learning.
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They have national impact through the development of models that can be replicated nationally.
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Big Thought has provided a national model for how a community based arts and cultural organization can work effectively with schools, districts, parents, and businesses to provide in-school and out-of-school support to children and families.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership and collaborations.
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Their strength is their conducting evaluations that track results.
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First and foremost, their strength is leadership; Gigi Antoni is a national model for good leadership. She is an excellent communicator and collaborator and knows how to hire and keep smart people to help her run the organization. I also think the organization is very well run -- both financially and operationally. Additionally, Big Thought has provided strong evaluation data over the years.
Jazz at Lincoln Center (3 recommendations) They have impact through their recordings, visibility, press, and awards. Wynton Marsalis is an outstanding national champion of the arts and has kept vital an art form—jazz—that would otherwise be on the decline. Marsalis has a phenomenal ability to weave social history and culture together, so that Americans can see, hear, and feel the arts as a birthright.
Jazz at Lincoln Center
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http://www.jalc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through their recordings, visibility, press, and awards. Wynton Marsalis is an outstanding national champion of the arts and has kept vital an art form—jazz—that would otherwise be on the decline. Marsalis has a phenomenal ability to weave social history and culture together, so that Americans can see, hear, and feel the arts as a birthright.
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JALC, specifically Essentially Ellington, has become the most important jazz competition for high school students in the nation over the last 15 years.
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Their education programs span the gamut from local New York City programs, to a program for North American high schools, to jazz-specific education for educators. Their reach within the jazz education community is vast and unprecedented, and the level of local community engagement that the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has during their tours is unique among international touring groups.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership (Marsalis) and the affiliation with their large, stable parent company (Lincoln Center).
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JALC has a top-notch leadership team as well as wonderful communications and public relations. They are strategically located to have maximum impact on the jazz arts community.
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Wynton Marsalis and Adrian Ellis are outstanding leaders who lead with passion, soul, and a very strong concept of the place that jazz should hold in our society. It's an arts organization that enjoys the performance and the interaction with the audience and has the confidence that if you see a show, you'll be hooked for life; they communicate a joy of music that many strive for, but few achieve.

Areas for Improvement

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While their reputation is national, the actual engagement is largely local and New York based. It would be great if they could be a greater champion and voice for arts education nationally.
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JALC could improve by expanding its endowment.
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They could improve their staff retention; they have a number of wonderful people who dedicate their heart and soul to the organization, but staff burnout and individual capacity for work when running on empty for so long are major areas of concern. Collaborating with other arts organizations could be a good way to move jazz away from the periphery, but the organization's ability to collaborate with others is hampered by the capacity issues.
League of American Orchestras (3 recommendations) They encourage creativity of artistic product from member orchestras, they encourage joint projects, they assist in developing board members, they provide a sound board for the best management practices, and they support the individual artists.
League of American Orchestras
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http://www.americanorchestras.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They encourage creativity of artistic product from member orchestras, they encourage joint projects, they assist in developing board members, they provide a sound board for the best management practices, and they support the individual artists.
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This organization provides essential services to the symphony orchestra world, including online resources, conferences, standards, contacts, etc.
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The League has been part of a consortium of organizations that has worked with members of Congress over the years to ensure support and funding for federal arts education programs and activities.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their national conferences that mentor new administrators in the field and their collection and sharing of data that is key for individual orchestras in decision-making.
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They have incredibly strong leadership and help emerging leaders connect with the field.
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Clearly, leadership and staff are two of the greatest strengths of this organization.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve in assisting member orchestras with development strategies and could place more emphasis on the value of education programs in the orchestral world.
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They could improve with more field-wide problem solving; some of the problems for symphony orchestras are particular to the field, such as music directors who don't provide the sort of leadership that artistic directors do in other fields such as theatre. Also, musician relationships are an ongoing problem for the field. Someone needs to be seeking solutions field-wide, and this leadership should be coming from American Symphony Orchestra League in order to keep the symphony orchestra world from further decline.
Leveraging Investment in Creativity (3 recommendations) They have impact through their major grant programs with meaningful request for proposals (RFP) that strengthen the potential collaborations in communities.
Leveraging Investment in Creativity

http://www.lincnet.net/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through their major grant programs with meaningful request for proposals (RFP) that strengthen the potential collaborations in communities.
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LINC has been able to leverage resources in communities throughout the country to support living conditions for individual artists and to foster the development of many nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. LINC has also been able to serve as an effective "think tank" of sorts, through commissioning papers or organizing convenings, such as their recent conference in Los Angeles on "Diverse Arts Spaces."
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They have an impact on artists' support in 15 diverse communities across the country; on improving health insurance options for artists; in producing useful information about strategies to assist artists; and on artists' communities.

Organizational Strengths

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LINC is well connected yet humble in their work with diverse community groups. Their staff has a reputation for being approachable, supportive, strong listeners, and trustworthy advisors (especially for smaller organizations and organizations of color, which is saying quite a lot).
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They have a terrific, focused, and imaginative leader; an inclusive and collaborative management style; a successful communications program; and a wide impact in a relatively short time.

Areas for Improvement

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LINC is an organization designed to sunset after 10 years. I'm not sure if they have designed their programs or been able to garner enough resources to be able to make a more lasting impact.
Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (3 recommendations) This is one of the only research and creative development centers for dance in the country.
Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography

http://www.mancc.org/home.html

Evidence of Impact

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This is one of the only research and creative development centers for dance in the country.
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MANCC has brought together the major artists, presenters, dance departments, residency and retreat centers, and funders from across the country to advance the national dialogue about how to make dance research and development a more vital cornerstone of what we value and achieve as a field. MANCC supports major and emerging dance artists from around the world, providing the time, technical support, and space necessary for significant dance research as well as documentation of contemporary and historically important work.
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Their impact is their artist residencies with fantastic space and technical support with no strings attached!

Organizational Strengths

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The center provides space, technical assistance, and strong leadership to a diverse group of choreographers and dance makers.
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The executive director has been recognized as a leader among nonprofits and has made great strides in bringing together otherwise disparate groups within the national dance environment to work together toward everyone's mutual benefit.
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Their strength is a vision that the center exists to serve. The leadership is committed to this vision.

Areas for Improvement

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They could find ways to enable dance artists more opportunities to access their resources.
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Enhanced funding for residencies would allow more emerging artists the time and resources to further develop their work and would allow the addition of more mature, highly recognized fellows to take another look at their historically important work and develop new pieces. Better funding for public relations and marketing would help get MANCC’s message and mission out and make it easier to find interested supporters.
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They could improve with more connection to the broader field. They have already initiated this. More people in the field need to be aware of MANCC.
National Arts Strategies (3 recommendations) Their impact is the availability of expertise and publications to the arts community.
National Arts Strategies
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http://www.artstrategies.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is the availability of expertise and publications to the arts community.
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They have impact through their high quality, intensive, and cross-disciplinary programs for arts and cultural organizations of all shapes and sizes at reasonable price levels. Recently, they have offered programs free of cost because of dedicated funding.
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National Arts Strategies runs outstanding professional development programs.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their inventory of policy issues they address and the strength of their president.
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The leadership and staff are extremely professional and well put together. Russell Willis Taylor (CEO) is especially knowledgeable in the field and very honest about the state of arts and cultural organizations, at a time when honesty is very necessary.
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Leadership training is essential across the nonprofit performing arts and NAS has excellent proven programs.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their ability to scale programs to reach more people and improve by identifying and marketing their programs beyond their own normal spheres of influence. It's such high quality programming, but right now it feels like a boutique, which may be the point, but more people should know about them!
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NAS programs are expensive for participants and expensive in terms of partner relationships with the other national service organizations. It would be wonderful if NAS expertise could be available on a more affordable basis.
Opera America (3 recommendations) Opera America provides multi-tiered support in service to opera companies, opera artists, and audiences. Its work on behalf of companies includes professional development opportunities, research reports, and workshops and conferences for staff and trustees. Its work on behalf of opera artists is designed to help them advance in their careers. Audiences can benefit from an array of education programs. Everything is intended to enhance the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera in the U.S.
Opera America
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http://www.operaamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Opera America provides multi-tiered support in service to opera companies, opera artists, and audiences. Its work on behalf of companies includes professional development opportunities, research reports, and workshops and conferences for staff and trustees. Its work on behalf of opera artists is designed to help them advance in their careers. Audiences can benefit from an array of education programs. Everything is intended to enhance the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera in the U.S.
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They have impact through serving every opera company in the United States, and some abroad.
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Their impact is their support of large and small opera productions in a variety of traditional and non-traditional venues.

Organizational Strengths

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The board of trustees is dedicated to the organization, and the staff leadership is equally dedicated to the art form. There is considerable output of product and resources for its various constituencies despite a small staff.
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They are dedicated to supporting the creation, presentation, and enjoyment of opera.
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Their strengths are their creativity in marketing opera and exploring unique ways to bring the product to new audiences, as well as their support of technology in bridging the connection.

Areas for Improvement

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The board would benefit from more diversity, that is, more representatives from fields other than opera, in order to keep the organization's perspective from being too insular.
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They have impact through assisting in training the next generation of opera managers, for example, by bringing back the Opera American Fellowship program.
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They need to give more visibility to small, shoestring opera productions and to stress low cost ways of bringing this product to the people.
Southern Arts Federation (3 recommendations) This is a strong and dynamic regional arts organization serving the arts in a number of states. Most recently they are working on a project that would serve the national arts industry in crisis prevention and crisis management.
Southern Arts Federation
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http://www.southarts.org/site/c.guIYLaMRJxE/b.1144807/k.F162/South_Arts__Building_a_better_South_through_the_Arts.htm

Evidence of Impact

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This is a strong and dynamic regional arts organization serving the arts in a number of states. Most recently they are working on a project that would serve the national arts industry in crisis prevention and crisis management.
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South Arts is the regional arts organization for nine states (KY, TN, NC, SC, AL, MS, LA, FL, GA), which works to advance excellence in the arts, connect the arts to key state and national policies, and nurture a vibrant quality of life.
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They help presenters in the South bring in touring work, which might be too expensive otherwise. This funding is above and beyond National Endowment for the Arts and state funds, so it really gives the financial assistance necessary to be able to bring in higher priced companies, especially dance.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a strong leader in Executive Director Geri Combs and Deputy Mollie Lakin-Hayes. The organization has had a definite impact on the south, including work with arts organizations that were impacted by a number of natural and now ecological disasters.
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They have strong leadership and commitment to connecting artists and arts organizations across the south. Their new strategic plan is forward-looking and innovative. Additionally their programming is strong.
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Their staff always communicates clearly and is helpful and efficient.

Areas for Improvement

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They are under funded and need support in growing programs that would help them build resources for the development of current and future programs.
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They could improve by increasing the networks within the south to include public funders, private funders, universities, and other arts organizations.
The Andy Warhol Museum (3 recommendations) Andy Warhol is Pittsburgh's most famous artist. Work held and cared for by the museum travels world-wide. At the same time as being a one-artist museum, it also shows exhibitions of work in the spirit of, or influenced by, Warhol so there is always something new for local people to see. It has built up a great following amongst younger Pittsburghers who come to events there. It attracts visitors to Pittsburgh.
The Andy Warhol Museum

http://www.warhol.org

Evidence of Impact

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Andy Warhol is Pittsburgh's most famous artist. Work held and cared for by the museum travels world-wide. At the same time as being a one-artist museum, it also shows exhibitions of work in the spirit of, or influenced by, Warhol so there is always something new for local people to see. It has built up a great following amongst younger Pittsburghers who come to events there. It attracts visitors to Pittsburgh.
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AWF’s impact on the field is immense. They are interested in supporting organizations in their own rights and the artists that those organizations support. They understand the realistic situation of nonprofits and want to build true capacity, in addition to supporting programming.
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Its impact is its international reputation for its collection and innovative programming. They have more international visitors than any other regional institution.

Organizational Strengths

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It has an instantly recognizable director and a very strong curator, who are both well networked internationally. The Warhol brand in instantly recognizable, but the museum does not rest upon that. It has a good building that is walkable from downtown. It has solved the problem of the 'single artist' museum.
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They have smart financial management, strong programs, and a national and regional field building.
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Their strengths are their staff, collaborations with other organizations, and broad participation in special events.

Areas for Improvement

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It is part of the wider Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh (CMP) family—one of four museums with the Carnegie, the Natural History, and the Science museums. Therefore, its board is not a real board; it has no financial responsibility, and the director is of the CMP. This is a huge obstacle.
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They are weighed down by the Carnegie; they could do a better job raising money from individuals.
United States Artists (3 recommendations) This organization directly impacts the lives of working artists by providing no strings attached grants; this then further impacts each recipient's work by allowing the artist to travel, purchase materials, attend to their own health and well-being, or research.
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http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/Public2/Home/index.cfm

Evidence of Impact

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This organization directly impacts the lives of working artists by providing no strings attached grants; this then further impacts each recipient's work by allowing the artist to travel, purchase materials, attend to their own health and well-being, or research.
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Their support to artists by way of cash fellowships has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of this country's most notable artists.
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They make an impact by investing in America's finest artists and illuminating the value of artists to society. They have a strong commitment to finding and celebrating individual artists across the nation.

Organizational Strengths

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Leadership is assertive and effective in seeking funding, which results in grants from top arts and culture supporters. Their marketing also is effective in drawing attention to the organization and the artists they support.
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They have ambitious goals to endow the program, thereby ensuring that 50 artists receive $50,000 fellowships annually. Another strength is their visionary leadership and a staff and board that have artists needs driving decision-making.
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They have strong leadership and a solid financial model for soliciting foundation, corporate, and individual support.

Areas for Improvement

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I would like to see improvements in finding artists who are less well known and who may be working outside the major arts cities (New York, Los Angeles).
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (3 recommendations) They establish their presence in a new and dynamic model and are doing high-quality programs in the visual arts.
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
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http://www.uica.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They establish their presence in a new and dynamic model and are doing high-quality programs in the visual arts.
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This has been an organization that strives and succeeded at introducing a wide variety of contemporary art and cultural thinking to the State of Michigan. They have been professional and catholic in their approach. The impact on the community and community-based arts in the mid-west has been outstanding. They are risk-takers offering a fresh perspective.
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The UICA is a vital, economic engine in West Michigan, with programming that serves the area's K-12 educators and employment opportunities for dozens of area artists and teachers each year. The UICA conducts year-round workshops and classes for children and adults, instructed by UICA staff, members, and volunteers. The UICA's 5 devoted gallery spaces exhibit international-quality contemporary art that serves hundreds of area students and faculty.

Organizational Strengths

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They are doing a good job of staff leadership, with strong program participation by community and volunteer committees. They are establishing strong substantive connections and partnerships to other local and regional sectors.
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I am not sure any of these are strengths, as this organization struggles to keep afloat. I will say their dedication to their mission has been unfaltering. They have been innovative in all respects to their functioning.
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The UICA's greatest strength is educational outreach. Through innovative programming centered around its own exhibits, the UICA has vastly developed the creative culture of Grand Rapids. Another strength is their extensive collaborations with area businesses and schools.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve the national and international relevance of programs by refining the ways things are curated, presented, and marketed. They could work on putting art producers in roles of leadership at the board level and shift the balance of the board to include more people knowledgeable in the field.
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They need financial support to continue to grow their mission; with this comes more professional staffing at the lower levels of the organization.
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The UICA must be wary that their partnerships with area business do not impinge upon the types of programming they would freely undertake. In addition, they must continue to expand and program within their means, so as to avoid a situation where economic partnerships are necessitated that might compromise their nonprofit mission and vision.
18th Street Arts Center (2 recommendations) This organization is the only international artist residency center in Southern California. They are poised to expand their housing and services, yet slowly in the current economy.
18th Street Arts Center
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http://18thstreet.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization is the only international artist residency center in Southern California. They are poised to expand their housing and services, yet slowly in the current economy.
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As an artist residency program, a gallery, and a non-profit incubator space, 18th Street Arts Center has a very long track record of cross-pollinating artists, providing the Los Angeles region access to a changing array of artists and programs always of excellent caliber. It is also a place in the LA area where artists from throughout the world can get to know the region.

Organizational Strengths

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They have great leadership and staff and fine marketing and operations.
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The directors of the organization are very talented, with one being an expert on artist residency programs and the other on community outreach and development.

Areas for Improvement

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Greater financing would allow the organization to become a truly national and international intersection for artists, allow a greater number of visiting artists to experience and participate in the Los Angeles scene.
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They could improve with greater depth of staffing and support for operations.
651 ARTS (2 recommendations) They support artists and connect artists with communities.
651 ARTS

http://www.651arts.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They support artists and connect artists with communities.
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651 ARTS provides a vital window into the work of artists of the African Diaspora and has amassed a unique and critical knowledge, skill set, and expertise in this area.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership and their multi-faceted programs.
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The staff has deep knowledge of the artists and ecology that they support and works well together as a team. Their executive leadership is top notch.

Areas for Improvement

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They need more national attention.
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Marketing is an area where they could grow, which would require additional funds. It would also be useful for them to increase their emphasis on programs that support creative process.
Alliance of Resident Theatres (2 recommendations) ART/NY made offices and rehearsal studios available to its members at reduced rates in two locations: 520 8th Avenue on the 3rd floor and their South Oxford building in Brooklyn. The facilities are beautifully and efficiently managed.
Alliance of Resident Theatres
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http://www.art-newyork.org/

Evidence of Impact

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ART/NY made offices and rehearsal studios available to its members at reduced rates in two locations: 520 8th Avenue on the 3rd floor and their South Oxford building in Brooklyn. The facilities are beautifully and efficiently managed.
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ART/New York has virtually redefined what it means to be a true trade and service organization to a not-for-profit arts industry (e.g. not a programming extension of one or more foundations). Over the last 15 to 18 year period, ART/New York has provided a complex support base for the New York not-for-profit theatre community (that has grown from about 50 theatres to nearly 300 during the period), which has made it the most inventive, innovative, and productive single theatre community in the world. With a fraction of the support that has gone toward the regional theater movement in the country in the same time, ART/New York has fielded a generation of theater artists and organizations that have truly lived up to the promise made decades ago by the regionals. I believe key to this achievement is that ART/New York has supported the emergence of theater entrepreneurs committed to their work and audiences rather than building theater institutions that satisfy funding regulations. This year a special Tony Award was made to ART/New York for its unique contribution to the American theater.

Organizational Strengths

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Workshops on technical assistance are scheduled regularly. The staff responds quickly and personably to inquiries. Their leadership advocates strongly for membership concerns and has its fingers on the pulse of these concerns.
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They have leadership that believes in partnership rather than 'parental-ship' with the theater membership. Their programs address real needs of the theaters, as defined by the theaters and not by funding initiatives.

Areas for Improvement

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A more frequently updated website would be of enormous help. Their current website lists funders, grants ART/NY manages, and spaces. The page that lists funders and application requirements has been in construction for some time.
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Among the most effective ART/New York programs have been a variety of loan and capitalization programs. The single biggest issue facing most theaters is the need for capital, not how they are managing too few dollars. Much of the extraordinary growth of theaters in New York that own and control there own spaces (that is, who can't be thrown out by real estate speculation) is attributable to ART/New York's loan programs. With more capital to work with, ART/New York could do even more. ART/New York would benefit from having and maintaining its own capital reserve fund.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2 recommendations) AAADT is regarded as one of the most popular ambassadors of American culture, touring more than any other performing arts company in the world. Their arts in education programs annually serve 100,000 young people nationwide, and over 400,000 people around the world benefit each year from their programs and services.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
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http://www.alvinailey.org/

Evidence of Impact

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AAADT is regarded as one of the most popular ambassadors of American culture, touring more than any other performing arts company in the world. Their arts in education programs annually serve 100,000 young people nationwide, and over 400,000 people around the world benefit each year from their programs and services.
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The Alvin Ailey Dance Company is magnetic, confident, inspiring, and dedicated to empowering a community through its artistic expression.

Organizational Strengths

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The AAADT volunteer leadership and executive/artistic management operate an organization that has a track record of generating significant operating surpluses annually. In 2004, they also successfully completed a major capital campaign and opened their state-of-the-art building with studios, a black box theatre, and office space, which is the largest complex dedicated exclusively to dance in the U.S. Currently, the organization is working earnestly to stay relevant to their communities by engaging their patrons and expanding their audience base through a better use of technology.
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The school and company staff, the artists in the company, and now the new artistic director of AADF are all stellar people with a charismatic, exemplary sense of their heritage and their future.

Areas for Improvement

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As is the case with the best-managed nonprofits, they will need to continue to be mindful about the relationship between their mission, organizational capacity, and capital structure as well as make strategic adjustments accordingly.
Art 21 (2 recommendations) They have done a fantastic job at presenting visual arts in an accessible way that presents the real powers of that field to people.
Art 21
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http://beta.art21.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have done a fantastic job at presenting visual arts in an accessible way that presents the real powers of that field to people.
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This organization's impact is to reveal, through short documentaries, to public television audiences the working process of the contemporary artist, making this information accessible to all.

Organizational Strengths

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They produce an excellent product and have maintained a sustainable model. This indicates strong and effective organization. Secondary and educational resources are very handy.
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Their leadership and staff are very effective, but their web site (marketing) is really superior. They provide video clips from their interviews, biographies on all artists in the series, and bloggers from around the country writing on contemporary art. It is a great research and information tool for artists, curators, professors, and students.

Areas for Improvement

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They could make their curatorial process more visible. Information technology has resulted in a highly effective set of programs. Who is making these decisions, and what is their formula/process? This would be helpful to others.
Art in the Public Interest (2 recommendations) API's main program is the Community Arts Network (CAN), a website of breathtaking depth covering all things community arts around the country. Some of the many features on CAN include a roundup of graduate programs, cultural policy syllabi, thought pieces from leading arts consultants and cultural planners, a newsletter and blog, active bulletin board, and more. The website is the only national forum of its kind and deserves much more visibility.
Art in the Public Interest
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http://www.apionline.org/

Evidence of Impact

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API's main program is the Community Arts Network (CAN), a website of breathtaking depth covering all things community arts around the country. Some of the many features on CAN include a roundup of graduate programs, cultural policy syllabi, thought pieces from leading arts consultants and cultural planners, a newsletter and blog, active bulletin board, and more. The website is the only national forum of its kind and deserves much more visibility.
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API has been the brain trust of the community arts field for the past 10 years, keeping the issues, successes, and failures at the forefront of the conversation.

Organizational Strengths

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Co-founder Linda Frye Burnham is a tireless force on the website, constantly adding new content. Its inexpensive cost structure has allowed a valuable resource to be developed at a negligible investment from society.
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API has an extensive catalog of articles and reports on the community arts field, an incredible resource in itself. They also have provided a space for this conversation to evolve across a generation of very different national cultural environments.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization's shoestring budget and lack of earned revenue streams has hampered its growth and led to burnout for its leaders, rendering its future uncertain. Its basic model is fundamentally labor-intensive, which means that there aren't many economies of scale to be gained at this point or savings to be achieved going forward. Therefore, it will need to gain better access to institutional and individual funding in order to be sustainable.
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Their use of social media can be improved, as can their ability to move into the national discourse of commercial arts.
Artspace Projects (2 recommendations) The organization's goal is to provide much needed affordable housing and practice space to artists and arts organizations. The company both renovates older buildings for suitable use and builds new ones. They have completed 18 projects with 12 planned or under construction. Improving spaces for artists and arts organizations provides direct economic benefit to urban neighborhoods. In the Ford Foundation's recently announced initiative dedicating $100 million for Supporting Diverse Art Spaces, the first $1 million went to Artspace Projects to transform an abandoned public school in East Harlem, among other projects.
Artspace Projects

http://www.artspace.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The organization's goal is to provide much needed affordable housing and practice space to artists and arts organizations. The company both renovates older buildings for suitable use and builds new ones. They have completed 18 projects with 12 planned or under construction. Improving spaces for artists and arts organizations provides direct economic benefit to urban neighborhoods. In the Ford Foundation's recently announced initiative dedicating $100 million for Supporting Diverse Art Spaces, the first $1 million went to Artspace Projects to transform an abandoned public school in East Harlem, among other projects.
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This non-profit developer has been uniquely successful in developing affordable space for individual artists and arts organizations nationally.

Organizational Strengths

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The organization was started in Minneapolis's warehouse district in the late 1970s. It grew from an advocacy group to development group, and today it has become the leading nonprofit real estate developer for the arts with a national board of directors.
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The executive director is remarkable at coalition building, and there is great depth in the staff. The organization has a strong consulting component as well.
Atlantic Theater Company (2 recommendations) Over several years, Atlantic has consistently presented highly interesting and intellectually challenging theater. Its consistency has earned a devoted and thoughtful audience.
Atlantic Theater Company

http://www.atlantictheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Over several years, Atlantic has consistently presented highly interesting and intellectually challenging theater. Its consistency has earned a devoted and thoughtful audience.
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The Atlantic is another New York theater, which has consistently provided outstanding performances with a vibrant mixture of respected playwrights and a number of emerging authors. Any number of rising stars in playwriting circles - admittedly a very small circle - got their start at the Atlantic.

Organizational Strengths

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Choosing plays is one notable strength. Excellent direction in play after play is another. The actors who regularly appear at the theater are of very high quality.
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Artistic Director Neil Pepe has been a very steady hand at the Atlantic for the past twenty years. His artistic associate, Christian Parker, has also stayed with the company for years, both forging deep bonds with the community of writers, actors, and directors.

Areas for Improvement

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Atlantic's success should lead its board to consider adding a performance space or trying more aggressively to move successful productions into for-profit venues for extended runs (not necessarily, indeed not usually, Broadway venues).
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The Atlantic Theater School is not at the top of its profession, which suggests that it could be better integrated into the activities and artists of the producing organization.
Bay Area Video Coalition (2 recommendations) BAVC in recent years has successfully transformed itself into a key nonprofit that keeps the public media field abreast of advances in new technology, particularly in the areas of software training and innovation.
Bay Area Video Coalition

http://www.bavc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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BAVC in recent years has successfully transformed itself into a key nonprofit that keeps the public media field abreast of advances in new technology, particularly in the areas of software training and innovation.
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BAVC attracts all the best filmmakers to its meetings and is especially supportive of documentary film and innovative work. The organization is extremely generous with its information, trying to share all the best thinking with the field quickly and without a lot of drama.

Organizational Strengths

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The strength of the organization is in the quality of staff, especially in the visionary leadership of Ken Ikeda, the executive direction, and the numerous connections with leading-edge technology companies.
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BAVC is extremely diverse, which sets a good example for all nonprofits. BAVC also has excellent youth oriented programming, which I believe strengthens the organization and provides opportunities for young people to become engaged with art.

Areas for Improvement

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The incredible pace of technology change presents a challenging environment in the best of times.
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BAVC had to end its fiscal sponsorship program recently, making me wonder if the organization needs to refine its goals and consider what its impact is outside of the consultation arena.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (2 recommendations) They consistently present extraordinary artistry year after year, including significant international representation. While BAM remains committed to numerous high-profile and financially secure artists, it also continues to present highly creative artists whose careers may not have developed with as much 'visibility' or 'acclaim' as others; i.e., BAM is clearly committed to its own artistic vision and instincts.
Brooklyn Academy of Music

http://www.bam.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They consistently present extraordinary artistry year after year, including significant international representation. While BAM remains committed to numerous high-profile and financially secure artists, it also continues to present highly creative artists whose careers may not have developed with as much 'visibility' or 'acclaim' as others; i.e., BAM is clearly committed to its own artistic vision and instincts.
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BAM has established the gold standard for multidisciplinary, international performing arts. BAM has an aesthetic profile recognized around the world.

Organizational Strengths

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Joseph Melillo is one of the field's most valuable human resources. I also feel that BAM’s co-directorship model is one of the few that has proven to be viable over time.
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From its founder Harvey Lichtenstein through its president Karen Brooks Hopkins and its executive producer Joseph Melillo, it has had strong, visionary, forward thinking leadership of exemplary competence. It is at the top of the game artistically, financially, operationally, and from fundraising and public relations standpoints. Its education department is strong.

Areas for Improvement

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They could perhaps improve by venturing further into co-curatorial practices in the development of special initiatives and programming.
Chamber Music America (2 recommendations) Their impact is through their support of the composition and performance of classical chamber music across the United States.
Chamber Music America

http://www.chamber-music.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is through their support of the composition and performance of classical chamber music across the United States.
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CMA provides a range of support services to the ensemble-based music field (chamber music, jazz, world music, etc.), and, because it's basically non-institutional, there are generally limited resources available to its constituents.

Organizational Strengths

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CMA serves as the center of a national network of ensembles and music presenting organizations, and in that capacity it facilitates communication and information exchange as well as creates a national identity for the field.

Areas for Improvement

O
The central issue is always one of resources. CMA is one of the few national service organizations to have build a significant endowment, the return on which supports its programs. To the degree that it and similar organizations build resources, their respective fields enjoy the benefits.
Childsplay (2 recommendations) Their impact is through the imagination of their strategic planning, their not being satisfied with the status quo after finishing a highly successful capital campaign, and their commitment to planning and implementing high quality arts education programs that have longstanding influence. They are not satisfied with chasing money, but are looking at connecting to their mission at all levels.
Childsplay
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http://childsplayaz.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is through the imagination of their strategic planning, their not being satisfied with the status quo after finishing a highly successful capital campaign, and their commitment to planning and implementing high quality arts education programs that have longstanding influence. They are not satisfied with chasing money, but are looking at connecting to their mission at all levels.
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This is a strong theater company for children. They direct services provided through in theatre experiences and touring experiences to children. They achieve a high level of quality productions with high levels of educational experiences.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their program quality, imagination, and 360-degree programs that help advance the influence of a performance with take home questions and activities.
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The dynamic creative director and founder, David Saar; the very smart and innovative managing director, Steve Martin; and the team work well together to manage productions and educational services way beyond what might be expected for a theatre company their size.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by finding effective models for financial sustainability. There are new plans in place, but they need to be actualized.
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They could improve by building strategic capital for the future and growing an endowment for capitalization needs.
College Art Association Of America (2 recommendations) The CAA provides arts networking, professional publications, and a yearly exhibition opportunity.
College Art Association Of America

http://www.collegeart.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The CAA provides arts networking, professional publications, and a yearly exhibition opportunity.

Organizational Strengths

R
The CAA is a major force in the academic art world. They provide mentoring for emerging professionals in both the visual and art historical disciplines. Through their annual conference and panel programs, they actually do impact the force and direction of curriculum development across the country. The annual conference is a major event not to be underestimated.
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Their strength is their broad based constituency.

Areas for Improvement

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The CAA is a highly professional organization that has the needs of its members at heart. The cost of the attending the annual conference and membership is prohibitive to emerging professionals, which is a detriment to the field.
Dance Exchange (2 recommendations) Liz Lerman's community outreach and insistence on the relevance of dance and movement to all people and all issues is populist in the best sense of the word. She and her dancers are able to communicate with all kinds of audiences, both to introduce people to movement themselves (which can be very scary) and also to demonstrate in real time how dance and movement can help people understand difficult things (like genocide, drug abuse, abandonment, and betrayal).
Dance Exchange

http://danceexchange.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Liz Lerman's community outreach and insistence on the relevance of dance and movement to all people and all issues is populist in the best sense of the word. She and her dancers are able to communicate with all kinds of audiences, both to introduce people to movement themselves (which can be very scary) and also to demonstrate in real time how dance and movement can help people understand difficult things (like genocide, drug abuse, abandonment, and betrayal).
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The Dance Exchange shapes the very definition of what dance is to be more inclusive than convention suggests.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their inclusiveness; the LLDE commitment to the idea that all people can dance is reflected in the company, which has people of all ages, colors, religions, and backgrounds. Liz herself is a terrific speaker who conveys well the ideas that inform the company's work. Elizabeth Johnson, the associate artistic director, is a stunning leader and dancer; she is smart, effective, compelling, creative, inspiring, and competent.
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I believe that Liz Lerman is an intelligent founder, who is comfortable making decisions to address changes in the organization's needs. For example, reducing the NYC season in order to provide health care for the group's employees.

Areas for Improvement

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The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange should have more resources than it does. The work is so relevant and accessible, and Liz is a MacArthur Foundation "genius" award recipient. More attention should be paid to marketing, communications, and development.
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I suspect there is confusion and probably an unclear path for when Liz Lerman leaves the organization or retires. Succession in leadership is challenging anywhere; it would be revealing to understand how the group plans to deal with this.
Dance Theatre Workshop (2 recommendations) They have formed critical support services over the years—Suitcase Fund, National Performance Network—that have built audiences, supported artists, and given artworks a much broader visibility across the nation. It is also one of the few organizations supporting the generation of new art consistently for years and years. Lastly, it is the founder of the very important Bessie Awards, which elevated dance and dance theater substantially.
Dance Theatre Workshop
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http://www.dancetheaterworkshop.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have formed critical support services over the years—Suitcase Fund, National Performance Network—that have built audiences, supported artists, and given artworks a much broader visibility across the nation. It is also one of the few organizations supporting the generation of new art consistently for years and years. Lastly, it is the founder of the very important Bessie Awards, which elevated dance and dance theater substantially.
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They have impact through providing all levels of artist support, from commissioning and producing to discount studio rentals and professional development opportunities.

Organizational Strengths

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The organization is long-established, well managed, and seems to have navigated the transition from a dynamic founding director to its new generation of staff without losing base of support or quality of programs.
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Their strengths are the artist-centered history of the organization, its clear mission, and the sense of community created by DTW. The staff is devoted to the mission.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with a revitalization of touring programs.
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They could improve with an endowment!
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown (2 recommendations) The FAWC provides residencies to twenty emerging artists and writers each year and operates a summer program for the Cape Cod community. The winter residency is outstanding.
Fine Arts Work Center In Provincetown

http://www.fawc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The FAWC provides residencies to twenty emerging artists and writers each year and operates a summer program for the Cape Cod community. The winter residency is outstanding.
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They have an enormous history of providing support for emerging artists and writers.

Organizational Strengths

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The FAWC was founded by poets and visual artists, and it has grown from grassroots to a cultural leader in the Cape Cod community. Through active public programming such as lectures, symposia and exhibitions, they bring together and draw a richer community.
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They have strong leadership.

Areas for Improvement

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Regional nonprofits such as FAWC are tied almost exclusively to their region. I would suggest enlightened programming and outreach that capitalizes on their "brain trust" of former fellows. Satellite programming, symposia, exhibitions, and workshops in areas where former fellows are concentrated could heighten their profile, service communities, and provide professional opportunities and contacts to former fellows.
First Peoples Fund (2 recommendations) This organization is bringing visibility, over-due attention, and resources to a key community of U.S. art makers and cultural leaders.
First Peoples Fund

http://www.firstpeoplesfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization is bringing visibility, over-due attention, and resources to a key community of U.S. art makers and cultural leaders.
F
First Peoples Fund is a national arts fund supporting the advancement of American Indian arts and promoting the work of American Indian artists. To this end, First Peoples Fund provides national fellowship awards to practicing artists who have continually worked for a minimum of ten years in the visual, performing, or literary arts, both contemporary and traditional, and are a documented affiliate of a U.S. tribe. Another program provides those who hold the traditions of their tribal communities with the opportunity to further their cultural work through documentation or passing along knowledge as a mentor or leader through funding and networking. First Peoples Fund also works with and provides funding to Native artists to build businesses (and a consistent, reliable income). These critical resources not only keep Native cultural traditions alive for Native communities and all communities but also help Native artists make a living as artists. There are a few places that are grounded in Indian tradition and community serving as a comparable resource.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership possesses a clear strategic vision and a practical approach, and they are really good at citing individual stories of need and impact.
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First Peoples Fund is led by a board and staff grounded in its identity, purpose, programming, and strength in its relationship to its constituency in service to the American Indian population.

Areas for Improvement

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Like many of us, they are a small shop and could have more impact with additional "bandwidth" and infrastructure.
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First Peoples Fund is much admired but under resourced; it could have an even greater impact by raising its profile in the non-Native community.
Ford Theatre Foundation (2 recommendations) They have provided support of numerous higher education and fine arts programs at all levels for MANY years.
Ford Theatre Foundation
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http://www.fordamphitheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have provided support of numerous higher education and fine arts programs at all levels for MANY years.
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They have impact through their renewed commitment to the arts funding arts spaces with a new initiative, consistent support of arts education, and important arts community organizations.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their outreach, leadership, and staff.

Areas for Improvement

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They could be more collaborative in the sector and more accessible to other funders and those doing similar work.
Hip-Hop Theater Festival (2 recommendations) They have taken a leadership role in defining a new genre of performance. It appears that they have a very hands-on philosophy with artists and the development of new work.
Hip-Hop Theater Festival
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http://www.hhtf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have taken a leadership role in defining a new genre of performance. It appears that they have a very hands-on philosophy with artists and the development of new work.
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Clyde Valentin and Kamilah Forbes make for a formidable planning team. They have helped bridge the commercial and grass-roots disparate ends of hip-hop culture, theater, and spoken word.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership has developed a very strong network with artists, arts practitioners, audiences, and funders.
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Their amazing programming over the years has created extensive opportunities for artists, emerging and established, to reach new audiences. The organization is making significant inroads into the world of the performing arts. In my experience, it has not been easy for artists of color who work in a socially progressive context to find opportunities to present their work within the regional theater arena. HHTF artists are given space to do so in ways that affirm their creativity.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with a consistent and ongoing presence in New York City, their home base.
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Here again is another organization that does great programmatic work and could benefit from some strategic planning. Their leaders are on the brink of breaking through the glass ceiling of organizational stabilization. Sometimes I feel this is related to financial challenges, but other times, I believe it's about accessing emerging trends for nonprofits. On either level, HHTF has the passion and could benefit from the perspective of more seasoned organizations.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2 recommendations) They support a diverse group of artists in a meaningful way.
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
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http://www.gf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They support a diverse group of artists in a meaningful way.
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This organization has funded many serious artists by providing a significant amount of money with no strings attached.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a great staff in terms of helpfulness and knowledge of many fields.
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The money provided by the grant can have a significant impact on an artist's year. The name recognition associated with the grant is helpful to grantees.
Local Learning the National Network for Folk Arts in Education (2 recommendations) This is the national folk art in education service organization. They provide a service through their website (C.A.R.T.S.) and do professional development and teacher workshops around the country.
Local Learning the National Network for Folk Arts in Education

http://locallearningnetwork.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This is the national folk art in education service organization. They provide a service through their website (C.A.R.T.S.) and do professional development and teacher workshops around the country.
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This group advocates for the inclusion of folk and traditional arts and artists in the nation's education by collecting and disseminating news about arts education and folk arts; developing curriculum; training teachers and folk artists; and publishing electronic bulletins, newsletters, and articles.

Organizational Strengths

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The organization has expertise in the subject of folk arts in education, and they have links with a committed group of teachers and cultural specialists around the country.
R
Paddy Bowman is an inspired leader and great spokeswoman.

Areas for Improvement

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They need staff support; it is basically a one-person operation. They need board development and help in expanding their constituency.
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The network describes itself as "loose,” and it may be too loose to sustain itself beyond Paddy Bowman's influence.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (2 recommendations) They have artistically distinctive programming with an emphasis on the music of our time; deep and strong connections to a culturally diverse community of various ages, ethnicities, and economic background; and a strong impact on the cultural life of the city of Los Angeles and nationally.
Los Angeles Philharmonic Association

http://www.laphil.com/

Evidence of Impact

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They have artistically distinctive programming with an emphasis on the music of our time; deep and strong connections to a culturally diverse community of various ages, ethnicities, and economic background; and a strong impact on the cultural life of the city of Los Angeles and nationally.
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Their impact is their long-term commitment, resulting in increased audiences for new music through its Green Umbrella program and special programming, such as Left Coast West Coast. Additionally, they have a commitment to making an artistic and community statement with the building of Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Organizational Strengths

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They have extremely strong leadership, depth of staff, and strong relationships to their board. Another strength are their bilingual marketing efforts.
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They had strong artistic leadership for many years under Esa-Pekka Salonen; exhibited vision in appointing Gustavo Dudamel, the young product of El Sistema in Venezuela; and have long-time strong leadership under the late Ernest Fleischmann and more recently under Deborah Borda. They are strong in finance, fund raising, outreach, and community engagement.

Areas for Improvement

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They could become even more involved in the many communities in Los Angeles.
Mapp International Productions (2 recommendations) Their impact is the generation, financing, and support for production and touring of new works by significant contemporary originating artists in the performance field, including an international commitment to African artists getting exposure in the USA (the Africa Project).
Mapp International Productions
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http://mappinternational.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is the generation, financing, and support for production and touring of new works by significant contemporary originating artists in the performance field, including an international commitment to African artists getting exposure in the USA (the Africa Project).
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MAPP has produced and toured some of the most forward thinking, politically astute, and ethnically diverse contemporary artists and projects in the US over the past dozen years, including Rennie Harris Puremovement, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sekou Sundiata, Ralph Lemon, and Los Munequitos des Mantanzas to name a few.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership is dedicated and passionate about the work, and it also keeps well informed about international performing artists' development. The organization's experience as a former for-profit touring agency informs their nonprofit approach to field development, giving it an entrepreneurial nimbleness.
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Their curatorial and management team is superb, and their commitment to innovative work is unquestionable. Their staff is highly qualified, and their marketing materials are always excellent. They are understaffed for the enormous amount of high quality work they produce.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization needs to go to scale more, thus creating a critical mass of artists and support. It needs to dedicate more resources to looking outward and building its national and international network more strongly. It also needs more information technology expertise to strengthen online activities.
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Staffing needs to increase to more effectively manage the multiple, large projects they are producing.
National Art Education Association (2 recommendations) This national organization brings together scholars and teachers in visual arts in ways that keep all informed about current research in visual arts education.
National Art Education Association

http://www.naea-reston.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This national organization brings together scholars and teachers in visual arts in ways that keep all informed about current research in visual arts education.
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This organization is working to insure access to visual arts education within a life long learning context.

Organizational Strengths

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The Executive Director, Deborah Reeves, is new(ish) and visionary. She communicates well with all sorts of people and acts boldly. She convenes disparate thinkers to address important issues and questions. She doesn't hesitate to ask because not all will agree with her. She is diplomatic, well-informed, and wise.
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The organization has a dynamic executive director and committed membership.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization needs to reconcile its historical focus on school-based art education so that it is more inclusive of out-of-school art education and artist-teachers.
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They could improve with more emphasis placed on non-school settings.
National Black Arts Festival (2 recommendations) They have a tremendous educational program that functions year-round and have developed teacher-training models using artists and cultural practitioners, particularly focused on people of African descent and the contributions they make to world culture. They have also developed a "ladder of leadership" for young middle and high school students to be mentored by undergrad and graduate level college students as well as adult mentors. They have a great success rate.
National Black Arts Festival

http://www.nbaf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have a tremendous educational program that functions year-round and have developed teacher-training models using artists and cultural practitioners, particularly focused on people of African descent and the contributions they make to world culture. They have also developed a "ladder of leadership" for young middle and high school students to be mentored by undergrad and graduate level college students as well as adult mentors. They have a great success rate.
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NBAF produces one of the best (and biggest) cultural events celebrating the artistic heritage of African Americans. Their program staff does an excellent job curating and producing programming in all artistic disciplines.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership, especially in education, is very strong. The director of education has been working with the festival for over twenty years and has developed strong relationships all around the world in education, arts and culture, community development, government, and more.
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In addition to their summer festival, NBAF produces educational and public programming year-round. NBAF just launched a new logo and visual identity, which gives a feeling of creativity and energy.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization is working to improve its communication systems by internally and externally utilizing technology, and it could use more help here. They also need help in developing a strong, functioning board of directors.
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I would love to see more on their website that engages the community in a two-way conversation. The social media links are buried on the bottom of the page.
National Dance Education Organization (2 recommendations) They have the largest member base of dance faculty and teachers from K-12 through college. The organization does nuts and bolts as well as policy work and creates substantial resources, such as a database of research in dance education.
National Dance Education Organization
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http://www.ndeo.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have the largest member base of dance faculty and teachers from K-12 through college. The organization does nuts and bolts as well as policy work and creates substantial resources, such as a database of research in dance education.
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The organization has provided strong leadership in raising the profile of dance as an arts educational activity and not a physical education activity.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their leadership; Jane Bonbright knows both sides of dance (practice and research), is a good partner, and supports others’ initiatives.
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They have strong leadership and act in ways that are forward thinking.

Areas for Improvement

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They could reach out more to organizations and faculty in the areas of dance history and criticism, and potential for strong partnering would be in place. They could improve with covering dance history and criticism, legacy materials, and dance reconstruction; this should be their next step to make great strides in curriculum and resources for dance (a relatively young discipline) that better approximate the holistic curricula of art, theatre, and music.
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Growth in membership would be good, and professional marketing would help as well.
National Guild for Community Arts Education (2 recommendations) The National Guild serves more than 400 community arts organizations, which collectively serve approximately 6 million students and audience members. Member organizations serve as important pillars and arts leaders in their respective communities.
National Guild for Community Arts Education
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http://www.nationalguild.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The National Guild serves more than 400 community arts organizations, which collectively serve approximately 6 million students and audience members. Member organizations serve as important pillars and arts leaders in their respective communities.
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The National Guild for Community Arts Education provides a much-needed voice for the field of community arts education. Since 1937, the National Guild has represented and advocated for the role of arts in community. They have led a number of initiatives to advance the field including an innovative arts in public housing initiative with HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) in the 1990's. Their annual conference is also a networking staple for the field.

Organizational Strengths

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The Guild provides leadership training and guidance to strengthen the staff and boards of community arts organization. They also provide a strong advocacy presence in Washington and throughout the country.
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The National Guild has fostered a strong national network that includes rural, urban, and suburban community arts organizations. The geographic diversity of this network is a great strength and fuels a diverse national dialogue. The National Guild also has a strong board of directors and executive director that are sought after experts in the field of arts education. A recent rebranding initiative has also strengthened their visibility.

Areas for Improvement

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The Guild should continue to update its new tool kit resource on its website and should continue to find new avenues for advocacy.
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The National Guild has taken considerable steps to improving the ethnic, racial, and age diversity in their membership, but it still remains primarily older and white. Continued efforts to showcase diversity within their membership would likely continue to draw improved diversity.
National Public Radio (2 recommendations) This station has a broad and deep range of product, a sensitivity to its public, and a true national reach.
National Public Radio
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http://www.npr.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This station has a broad and deep range of product, a sensitivity to its public, and a true national reach.
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NPR has demonstrated success in providing news, information, and cultural content for which audiences will pay. Its model suggests what the future of the news industry might be, as demonstrated through its high-quality content, extended offerings, and fundraising models.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are leadership and their PRODUCT.
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Every great journalist today seems to be jumping ship for a spot at NPR. This will continue to provide for exceptional content.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their financial support and keeping their position in the market.
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NPR may rest on the laurels of its considerable Kroc endowment; continued expansion into mission-appropriate areas of production and delivery should be made, despite the risk. Also, NPR needs to find a way to build community through cooperation with its member stations.
Nonprofit Finance Fund (2 recommendations) They have impact through large-scale resources to offer loans to nonprofits in different fields; they make a big difference in financial management field-wide. They have well-developed programs of financial analysis and modeling.
Nonprofit Finance Fund
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http://nonprofitfinancefund.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through large-scale resources to offer loans to nonprofits in different fields; they make a big difference in financial management field-wide. They have well-developed programs of financial analysis and modeling.
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They have a national impact on the financial planning, management, and restructuring of diverse cultural organizations. They offer important thought leadership on the capital structure of nonprofit arts as well as practical, technical assistance.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership is well connected, thinks big, and has a track record of successful loan management. Their programs of advice are sound, and their writings about nonprofit capitalization are useful.
O
Their leader is visionary, with outstanding ability to articulate key concepts. Additionally, they have outstanding second-tier leaders, many who are under 40. It is a high functioning, complex organization with multiple lines of business and regional offices.

Areas for Improvement

N
They are not good at assisting organizational change outside the financial realm. They tend to see the financial model as driver of change, when instead vision and programs drive change and finances follow.
O
Translating the capitalization concepts specifically for and in the language of nonprofit arts organizations would speed adoption of these concepts by the organizations and their stakeholders, i.e., board members, funders, etc.
On the Boards (2 recommendations) OtB has an established national track record of artistic excellence in presenting international innovators in contemporary dance, theater, and music, as well as promising performing artists in the Pacific Northwest region. They have developed initiatives to increase their commissioning of new works as well as the number of international and regional artists presented, and they've recently launched ontheboards.tv, which has high quality videos of full-length performances by some of today's most provocative artists in dance, theater, music, and other indescribable categories. Participating artists and venues share all the profits of this venture, which is the outgrowth of On the Board’s engagement with new media networks.
On the Boards

http://www.ontheboards.org/

Evidence of Impact

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OtB has an established national track record of artistic excellence in presenting international innovators in contemporary dance, theater, and music, as well as promising performing artists in the Pacific Northwest region. They have developed initiatives to increase their commissioning of new works as well as the number of international and regional artists presented, and they've recently launched ontheboards.tv, which has high quality videos of full-length performances by some of today's most provocative artists in dance, theater, music, and other indescribable categories. Participating artists and venues share all the profits of this venture, which is the outgrowth of On the Board’s engagement with new media networks.
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On The Boards has taken a leadership position nationally with their innovation OntheBoards.tv project. They are helping to redefine how dance is delivered digitally through technology. They are also an important supporter of the local dance scene in Seattle and play a vital role as a leader in the informal national dance network.

Organizational Strengths

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The management and board have grown the organization so that it is financially healthy, stable, and has the capacity to implement their artistic mission. They are now 100% debt free, have significant operating and building reserve funds, as well as a long-term strategy for managing their facility, and they have developed an organizational culture that allows them to think proactively about investments in their artistic activities.
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They have successfully survived financial challenges and management transitions and have gone on to upgrade their physical space and programming in significant ways. Their New Works Festival, 12 Minutes Max, Northwest Series, and International Series bring new works to regional audiences. OtB has excellent leadership in Lane Czaplinski and Sara Wilke.

Areas for Improvement

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As is the case with the best managed nonprofits, On the Boards will need to continue to be mindful about the relationship between their mission, organizational capacity, and capital structure and then make strategic adjustments accordingly.
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Like many other small nonprofit arts organizations, increased support for staffing may be an issue.
Pittsburgh Symphony Society (2 recommendations) This organization has an international reputation. It tours internationally at least once a year. It has a leadership position amongst national orchestras and brings great reputation to Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh Symphony Society
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http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/pghsymph.nsf/home+page/home+page

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has an international reputation. It tours internationally at least once a year. It has a leadership position amongst national orchestras and brings great reputation to Pittsburgh.
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As I write this, the Pittsburgh Symphony is touring Europe to sold-out crowds and standing ovations. On the international scene they are highly respected, as they should be.

Organizational Strengths

R
It diversifies its program with the 'pops' series and with outreach, including 22 players teaching at Carnegie Mellon's school of music. It attracts major international classical music stars.
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They have tremendous artistic merit, measured on an international level.

Areas for Improvement

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It needs to do more to attract a wider audience and bring in new people (including new donors). The classical music program needed diversification, but the new conductor is helping that.
N
They have a bloated budget and entrenched management.
PopTech (2 recommendations) PopTech is fostering innovation and new ideas in a variety of fields, including the arts and culture. I believe the organization sends a message that the arts can be part of a movement of social change and innovation that has impact outside the arts. PopTech is a taste-maker and brings together groups of fellows whose mission is to deeply change the fabric of our society and to challenge us to think, live, and work creatively.
PopTech
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http://www.poptech.org/

Evidence of Impact

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PopTech is fostering innovation and new ideas in a variety of fields, including the arts and culture. I believe the organization sends a message that the arts can be part of a movement of social change and innovation that has impact outside the arts. PopTech is a taste-maker and brings together groups of fellows whose mission is to deeply change the fabric of our society and to challenge us to think, live, and work creatively.
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This organization is actually "doing" some of the most important in our country and around the world. They bring people together who are "solution-oriented" and who are changing the world. Please “Google” their site. They are amazing, and I should have listed them first. They continue to blow my mind with the work they are doing around the world, and now they have created a "fellows" program to support young entrepreneurs who have great ideas but lack resources, skills, or the necessary "know-how" to bring it all together—and PopTech provides that assistance.

Organizational Strengths

N
PopTech is using social media and the internet to great effect; they have a great blog and web presence that shows how effective social media marketing can be for an organization. PopTech also seems to operate in partnership with many corporate sponsors, which could be an excellent lesson to the field.
N
The leadership of this institution is one of the most creative minds and willing hearts I have ever met, as are the staff, operations, and the entire organization.

Areas for Improvement

N
PopTech's annual conference is prohibitively expensive to attend, and it would be great if there was a way to democratize that experience.
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The greatest improvement they will make is to travel this concept around the world and host "mini" PopTech's.
Rhizome Communications (2 recommendations) They are the leading resource for web-based and digital arts. The first and still the best, Rhizome has defined the field when it comes to the commissioning and preservation of ephemeral digital work.
Rhizome Communications

http://rhizome.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They are the leading resource for web-based and digital arts. The first and still the best, Rhizome has defined the field when it comes to the commissioning and preservation of ephemeral digital work.
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This organization is an incredible international brand on par with the Tate or MoMA for the support of new media art.

Organizational Strengths

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Under the leadership of Director Lauren Cornell, the organization has positioned itself in exactly the right place with an innovative, collaborative partnership with the New Museum. Alike their support of emerging fields and forms, the union of these two organizations strengthens both institutions. As a web-native organization, they're able to see trends and changes in the way culture interacts with media and respond swiftly. Rhizome's archive of new media is beyond compare and is a model for those seeking to collect such work.
N
Their strengths are their innovative participatory platform and in-depth, critical analysis of contemporary practice.

Areas for Improvement

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They've gradually moved into a more public presence through events and programming. The events that they have produced have been thrilling forays into the intersection of arts and media, and these should be encouraged.
N
They could improve with a stronger curatorial vision.
Rubin Museum of Art (2 recommendations) Among small museums, this one is exemplary. Himalayan art is unfamiliar to much of the public. RMA has done the necessary jobs of education and explanation. Exhibitions are high quality, frequent, and richly presented.
Rubin Museum of Art

http://www.rmanyc.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Among small museums, this one is exemplary. Himalayan art is unfamiliar to much of the public. RMA has done the necessary jobs of education and explanation. Exhibitions are high quality, frequent, and richly presented.
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Without a doubt, the opening of the Rubin Museum changed the art landscape of New York with its extraordinary collection of Himalayan art, which is too little displayed or understood in the US and much of the West. Their exhibitions are usually first-rate, with small but deep explorations of specific schools of thought, form, or religious and cultural tradition. The museum itself is extremely welcoming, with knowledgeable staff and guides, a soothing decor, and insightful commentary about the works, many of which are unknown to the average attendee. Their performance programming is exceptional.

Organizational Strengths

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The curatorial staff and the operations staff of RMA are remarkably able and have coped well with the pressures of an intense schedule. The facility is the right size, and its intimacy serves the art.
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The Rubin Museum's performance program, led by Tim McHenry, is nothing short of exceptional. Whether films, concerts, lectures, performance, and dance, there is a constant hive of activity, directly or tangentially related to current exhibitions. All of this makes going to the Rubin a lively, interactive, and powerfully engaging experience. The education department is small but hugely committed and determined to make coming to the Rubin a meaningful, enriching experience.

Areas for Improvement

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I worry about the future of the RMA. It is too dependent on its founders and has not yet begun to mount the development effort that will make it a permanent treasure in New York.
O
I wish that the Rubin Museum worked more cooperatively with other Asian arts organizations, such as the Asia Society. It should be possible to provide coordinated exhibitions that would draw international attention and audiences to New York. Their development department is sadly short-staffed and led by their finance department, which makes no sense professionally.
STREB (2 recommendations) Their impact is the audience engagement in all aspects of the artistic production and presentation process.
STREB

http://www.streb.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is the audience engagement in all aspects of the artistic production and presentation process.
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STREB impacts by upending a number of arts and cultures “tried and true" practices, particularly around "audience sovereignty." Audiences are asked to participate, moving within the performance space as they wish, responding when and how they wish, taking photos and videos, and sharing as they wish. Anyone is welcome to be involved with and use their space at S.L.A.M., even just to get a drink of water or use the restroom, and STREB/S.L.A.M. staff and dancers are expected to greet and engage with anyone and everyone.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is their innovation in dance form, organizational form, and audience relationship.
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Their strength is Elizabeth’s curious mind that doesn't believe gravity should get in the way of her extreme action moves. STREB now has multiple earned income "lines" and has welcomed not only Elizabeth Streb’s Pop Action but also trapeze and now high wire - even though this is not Elizabeth Streb’s practice.

Areas for Improvement

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They are small and just have to build a more robust capacity to fully, more deeply market themselves and fundraise.
Sundance Institute (2 recommendations) This organization has led to huge legitimization of independent filmmaking; it has a national and international profile. They have created a movement, and sustain it. Also, they have impact through their sophisticated, intensive support for the development of new American plays, music, and theater, as well as cross-cultural writing workshops for fiction and creative non-fiction writers. This is a hotbed of new and sustaining talent.
Sundance Institute
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http://www.sundance.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has led to huge legitimization of independent filmmaking; it has a national and international profile. They have created a movement, and sustain it. Also, they have impact through their sophisticated, intensive support for the development of new American plays, music, and theater, as well as cross-cultural writing workshops for fiction and creative non-fiction writers. This is a hotbed of new and sustaining talent.
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Their impact is advancing independent films and moving them into international distribution and recognition.

Organizational Strengths

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Under the direction of Ken Brecher, they moved from a $7 million to a $29 million budget. They have huge reach and many flexible programmatic arms. I don't know how they're doing since Ken transitioned out.
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Their strengths are their long-term success and commitment to mission.

Areas for Improvement

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Reliance on a celebrity is always problematic (Robert Redford), and Sundance has not developed its reputation in the performing arts and writing world in tandem with its huge reputation in the film world; they should, as it's deserved.
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More of a relationship to the general public (i.e., beyond an industry audience) at the festival would be a plus.
The Association of American Cultures (2 recommendations) TAAC is important in that it provides a forum for ethnically specific organizations, cultural workers, and administrators from across the country to come together to discuss issues of cultural democracy in the US in a more academic way.
The Association of American Cultures

http://www.taac.com/

Evidence of Impact

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TAAC is important in that it provides a forum for ethnically specific organizations, cultural workers, and administrators from across the country to come together to discuss issues of cultural democracy in the US in a more academic way.
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This nonprofit makes an impact by providing a national forum for the discussion of cultural policy and best practices in the area of ethnically specific performing arts and cultural centers.

Organizational Strengths

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TAAC is one of the few organizations of arts administrators of color committed to addressing public arts policy in the US. It compiles white papers and reports with data that the field can use to support local policy-related initiatives.
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The nonprofit's board is strong and has the ability to mount successful networking and professional development conferences every other year. The TAAC is also very adept at forming partnerships with governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Areas for Improvement

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I think that how this organization can better utilize web-based technology to advance its mission will be an area of concern for the future.
O
They could improve outreach to new organizations and improve website design and functionality (they should include a social networking aspects of web design).
The MAP Fund (2 recommendations) They have had impact by offering money for projects!
The MAP Fund

http://mapfund.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have had impact by offering money for projects!
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They have impact through their support to artists to create new work. This includes international collaborations.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a fair and thorough curation process, as well as a focus on artists.
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I think their application process is intelligent and the questions asked on their application are important. I believe the funding is generous and really allows artists to make the work happen.

Areas for Improvement

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As always, one wishes that organizations of this sort had more funding to support their worthy activities.
N
They could improve by giving more grants to more artists.
The Public Theater (2 recommendations) They have impact through their variety of programming, including support for playwrights through Master Writer Program, Public Lab, Under the Radar, Shakespeare in the Park, Joe's Pub, etc. Additionally, they have accessible ticket pricing.
The Public Theater

http://www.publictheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through their variety of programming, including support for playwrights through Master Writer Program, Public Lab, Under the Radar, Shakespeare in the Park, Joe's Pub, etc. Additionally, they have accessible ticket pricing.
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The Public continues to provide a forum for new playwrights to be given first-class productions. Artistic Director Oskar Eustis has encouraged a broad spectrum of writers, including women and people of color, who are egregiously under-represented to New York stages. They are home to the outstanding LABryinth Theatre, one of New York's best companies. Joe's Pub is, without question, the re-invention of cabaret for a new generation of artists, as well as audiences.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their artistic leadership, willingness to take political stands, and branding.
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They have an outstanding management team lend by Andy Hamingson, with superb outreach into New York City schools and free Shakespeare in the park. Their new, versatile marketing campaign is designed to attract younger audiences.

Areas for Improvement

F
Shakespeare in the Park is all but inaccessible except to those who are members or can stand in line all day. Shakespeare in the Park’s focus needs to be rebalanced during season if it is still core to the mission.
O
Maintaining an older physical plant is always a challenge, but access to certain performance spaces is difficult.
Under The Radar Festival (2 recommendations) They make an impact by providing a platform in New York City for rare and experimental smaller-scale performances, timed to coincide with the international gatherings of arts administrators in early January each year.
Under The Radar Festival

http://www.undertheradarfestival.com/

Evidence of Impact

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They make an impact by providing a platform in New York City for rare and experimental smaller-scale performances, timed to coincide with the international gatherings of arts administrators in early January each year.
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Under the Radar Festival has helped shift the landscape for contemporary performance and theater. The organization has grown into an international focal point of experimental theater, promoting a diversity of styles and genres, but maintaining a sense of aesthetic quality that continues to engage presenters worldwide. In conjunction with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, it brings in an incredible cast of presenters, producers, artists, and makers. Unlike the more showcase format of APAP, UTR produces full-length work and creates a forum for many of the presenters and producers to engage in meaningful dialogue with the artists, and not simple commodity exchange. This has led to relationship building and commitments to artists and organizations over time. UTR has also helped launch artists into an international arena, particularly artists whose work is more experimental, whose following was more regional, or whose genre did not fit easily within a commercial or regional theater mold. Artists in this vein include The Rude Mechanicals (Austin, TX); Marc Bamuthi Joseph (San Francisco, CA); Lemon - "County of Kings"; Pig Iron Theater (Pittsburgh, PA); and many others.

Organizational Strengths

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Principally, their strengths are the experience (and continued imaginative use of it) of its prime mover Mark Russell and further, being part of a world-wide network of arts-gossip (not to be underestimated in value!) that encourages essential arts-risk-taking among presenters (who can, in this sense, do with all the encouragement they can get).
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The artistic leadership is stellar. Mark Russell brings an incredible sensibility and dedication to artists and the form, while still managing to define tastes for an international audience. The staff's management of the festival, its multiple venues, multitude of artists, and relationships with hundreds of international presenters has always seemed flawless. Recent festivals have seen an incredible marketing campaign that has brought attention to the festival and the works it supports to a much wider audience.

Areas for Improvement

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Probably most of all they have a cash-issue; UTR's value would increase with some higher-end innovative work included in its program and with more encouragement of arts professionals to use it as a necessary meeting place for both ideas and professional contacts (between presenters, world-wide), without becoming over-gentrified. At present UTR is run on a shoestring by too few people.
N
The diversity of artists continues to be an issue. Whether this just reflects the work that's getting made and supported around the world, or is part of the issue with theater in general, I'm not sure.
Western States Arts Federation (2 recommendations) They provide excellent and broad based services to 13 states in the Western US, especially in local arts agencies, state arts agencies, and individual artists.
Western States Arts Federation

http://www.westaf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They provide excellent and broad based services to 13 states in the Western US, especially in local arts agencies, state arts agencies, and individual artists.
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They have impact through the incredible long-term leadership on the part of Anthony Radich and a smart young team focused on developing new software and products for the national arts industry. WESTAF uses the revenue off of these products to fund their programs and activities in 12 western states. Programs include interstate touring of performing and visual arts, a focus on building the participation of young leaders of color, and thought forums on policies in the arts.

Organizational Strengths

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They have excellent board leadership and commitment paired with a smart staff, engaged director, and very strong deputy director, Shannon Daut. The team works more like the staff of Google or Facebook rather than a nonprofit arts organization. They are always looking for new opportunities of participation within the larger national arts industry and are now engaging on an international level.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with the development of an endowment that would serve the organization into the future.
92nd Street Y (1 recommendation) This organization has impact with their long tradition of multi-art forms and being entrenched in their community.
92nd Street Y
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http://www.92y.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has impact with their long tradition of multi-art forms and being entrenched in their community.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their marketing and the creation of Makor, and then its further development.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with better staff communication and more autonomy for middle-management staff.
A+ Oklahoma Schools (1 recommendation) The longitudinal research and evaluation from this initiative has had a tremendous impact on the field of arts education. They have successfully documented how an arts integration whole school reform effort can turn around previously low performing schools.
A+ Oklahoma Schools

http://www.aplusok.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The longitudinal research and evaluation from this initiative has had a tremendous impact on the field of arts education. They have successfully documented how an arts integration whole school reform effort can turn around previously low performing schools.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership of Jeanne Hendrickson has provided respect and recognition of this initiative and program. Certainly, their research and evaluation methods are a model for the field.

Areas for Improvement

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I might hazard to suggest that the program could benefit from greater cross state collaborations.
AS 220 (1 recommendation) AS220 is a non-profit arts organization in Providence, RI. They maintain an active roster of events and programming for the Providence and Rhode Island arts community.
AS 220

http://www.as220.org/front/

Evidence of Impact

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AS220 is a non-profit arts organization in Providence, RI. They maintain an active roster of events and programming for the Providence and Rhode Island arts community.

Organizational Strengths

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AS220 provides public programming and outlets for many young people in Rhode Island. They are a landmark in terms of the support they offer, which includes exhibition and performing venues, workshops for public school children, and mentorship programs through visual art programs. The target for many of these programs appears to be youth-at-risk.

Areas for Improvement

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In this day and age of reduced funding, I would say that scaled back programming is an area in which they might improve. More visible programs for at-risk youth in an economically depressed Providence would be helpful.
ASU Art Museum (1 recommendation) This is a strong organization because of their innovative programming and their contribution to the local and national arts dialogue. The organization has managed leadership transitions well by managing resources well to further their mission and maintain their standards.
ASU Art Museum

http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/exhibitions/

Evidence of Impact

R
This is a strong organization because of their innovative programming and their contribution to the local and national arts dialogue. The organization has managed leadership transitions well by managing resources well to further their mission and maintain their standards.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership and staff. They also produce curatorial excellence; cultivate relationships; work behind the scenes to establish and maintain cultural and social infrastructures; and always champion artists, the museum, the university, and the community.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could figure out a way to continue doing their high level of work while addressing some oddities of their physical plane, i.e., the building entrance and access issues.
African American Museum (1 recommendation) This organization has impact through its ability to conduct research on African American Art, mount exhibitions, and produce educational materials for school age children.
African American Museum

http://aampmuseum.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has impact through its ability to conduct research on African American Art, mount exhibitions, and produce educational materials for school age children.

Organizational Strengths

N
The institution serves not only as an exhibition space but also as a resource for its immediate community and the Southwest.

Areas for Improvement

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More storage spaces for its collection of African American folk art are in great need of consideration.
Albany Park Theater Project (1 recommendation) APTP has built a professional-quality theater company of middle school and high school students in a low-income gateway Chicago community. Most are immigrants or children of immigrants. Their plays are all original, ensemble-developed works, weaving stories of the community into powerful theater, music, and dance performances. They regularly receive high marks from critics in the daily and theater press. Ensemble members routinely graduate from high schools with high dropout rates, and they go on to colleges, usually with the substantial scholarships they need to afford a college education. APTP is unafraid to take on difficult community issues - immigration, child sexual abuse, and more - but they also celebrate the remarkable diversity and resilience of their community, building social capital in Albany Park and between Albany Park and the greater Chicago community.
Albany Park Theater Project

http://www.aptpchicago.org/

Evidence of Impact

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APTP has built a professional-quality theater company of middle school and high school students in a low-income gateway Chicago community. Most are immigrants or children of immigrants. Their plays are all original, ensemble-developed works, weaving stories of the community into powerful theater, music, and dance performances. They regularly receive high marks from critics in the daily and theater press. Ensemble members routinely graduate from high schools with high dropout rates, and they go on to colleges, usually with the substantial scholarships they need to afford a college education. APTP is unafraid to take on difficult community issues - immigration, child sexual abuse, and more - but they also celebrate the remarkable diversity and resilience of their community, building social capital in Albany Park and between Albany Park and the greater Chicago community.

Organizational Strengths

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APTP was founded by two graduates of the Yale Drama School. Now 13 years old, it is led by one of its founders and an alumna of the company itself who has come back to the neighborhood to "give back." The leadership has consistently shown itself to have the highest artistic standards combined with remarkable sensitivity to the young artists in the company and to the complex community of Albany Park. Another strength is their planning; APTP is about to perform one of its plays at the Goodman Theater's Latino Theater Festival. It has had great success raising funds from the Chicago philanthropic community, and it is poised on the cusp of national recognition, but it has thoughtfully resisted the tempting impulse to grow quickly - an impulse that often leads arts organizations to disastrous consequences. When it does make plans, it carefully builds its capacity to see them to successful conclusions.

Areas for Improvement

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Like all artist-centered organizations, APTP needs to carefully craft a governance system that both protects its artistic leadership and also protects it from the dangers of artistic leadership.
Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership (1 recommendation) ACOE, through its Alliance for Arts Education Leadership, has pioneered formation of broad community partnerships.
Alliance for Arts Learning Leadership

http://www.artiseducation.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
ACOE, through its Alliance for Arts Education Leadership, has pioneered formation of broad community partnerships.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are its leadership, partnerships, and research.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with more proactive publication of research findings.
Alliance for Audience (1 recommendation) This is a start-up. In five years it has developed a growing presence as an on-line ticketing and resource for audience development. It wants its reach to grow, but even without any advertising funds, they are now reaching 75,000 distinct visitors per month.
Alliance for Audience
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http://www.allianceforaudience.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This is a start-up. In five years it has developed a growing presence as an on-line ticketing and resource for audience development. It wants its reach to grow, but even without any advertising funds, they are now reaching 75,000 distinct visitors per month.

Organizational Strengths

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They have strong and imaginative leadership and always want to learn and see what is next. They have recently expanded from Maricopa County to statewide and have impact through their creative special initiatives to help organizations reach new and expanded audiences.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their financial model for sustainability. It is definitely grassroots.
American Ballet Theatre (1 recommendation) The executive director is extremely talented, focusing on wellness, education, and outreach as well as presenting dance.
American Ballet Theatre
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http://www.abt.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The executive director is extremely talented, focusing on wellness, education, and outreach as well as presenting dance.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have an excellent handle on finances and great dancers.

Areas for Improvement

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They could offer better pay for middle-management staff.
American Choral Directors Association (1 recommendation) With new executive leadership, this organization is reinventing itself and developing strategic partnerships across the field to benefit singers of all ages.
American Choral Directors Association

http://acda.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
With new executive leadership, this organization is reinventing itself and developing strategic partnerships across the field to benefit singers of all ages.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership and finances. ACDA has, for the first time, truly become a forward-thinking organization that is working worldwide to benefit the art of choral singing.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with more integration of minority and ethnic members at high profile events, such as by headlining artists at major events.
American Craft Council (1 recommendation) The organization's publication, American Crafts, has moved from a picture book to a journal of authentic writings and needed criticism in the field. The organization's move to Minneapolis, MN will be interesting to follow.
American Craft Council
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http://www.craftcouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

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The organization's publication, American Crafts, has moved from a picture book to a journal of authentic writings and needed criticism in the field. The organization's move to Minneapolis, MN will be interesting to follow.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their marketing and operations.
American Folklore Society (1 recommendation) This organization, founded in 1888, serves as both an academic and professional service organization for folklorists and cultural activists around the country.
American Folklore Society

http://www.afsnet.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization, founded in 1888, serves as both an academic and professional service organization for folklorists and cultural activists around the country.

Organizational Strengths

F
This organization has over 2,200 members and subscribers and serves as a professional resource for cultural specialists in the United States. As a result, it connects with a network of professionals with a variety of training and skills. It also has links with international specialists in the field. The organization has stable leadership and a strong, elected board of folklore specialists.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization could use help with fundraising. There are a limited number of professional staff members, and the rest of the organization's work is done through volunteer membership involvement. In order to expand impact, there will probably need to be an expansion of staffing.
American Music Center (1 recommendation) American Music Center is a broad-reaching resource to bring musicians, composers, etc. together to promote new music.
American Music Center
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http://www.amc.net/

Evidence of Impact

N
American Music Center is a broad-reaching resource to bring musicians, composers, etc. together to promote new music.

Organizational Strengths

N
AMC advocates for the community through NewMusicBox, its award-winning web magazine, and Counterstream Radio, a 24-hour online station broadcasting music by a broad range of United States composers. AMC supports the community by making grants to composers and ensembles each year and by offering professional development resources for new music professionals. AMC connects the community through an array of information services and through engagement with the broader performing arts field, including the AMC Online Library, a vast, searchable database of more than 50,000 works by American composers; publications compiling opportunities in new music and other information useful to industry professionals; and benefits and services for nearly 2,400 members in all fifty states and twenty-five countries around the world.

Areas for Improvement

N
I don't know of their immediate needs, but there can never be too much advocacy and support for new music in my opinion.
American Players Theatre of Wisconsin (1 recommendation) APT is a regionally focused ensemble festival theater in Wisconsin, which has demonstrated to me considerable longevity for the ensemble theater model while also presenting artistic work of high excellence.
American Players Theatre of Wisconsin

http://americanplayers.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
APT is a regionally focused ensemble festival theater in Wisconsin, which has demonstrated to me considerable longevity for the ensemble theater model while also presenting artistic work of high excellence.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership of APT is incredibly nimble; it is structured around a team of individuals instead of 1-2 executive leaders. This makes the organization highly adaptable and spirited in its approach to its own future.

Areas for Improvement

N
Its scope of thinking may be too rooted in the traditions of regional and festival theaters. APT feels as though it is still working to prove itself on the national scene, although it is questionable whether this is necessary.
Amigos del Museo del Barrio (1 recommendation) This is an important Latino cultural institution and is extremely important for the Latino community in the US, which is increasing every year. It is very important in placing US culture in a 21st century context.
Amigos del Museo del Barrio

http://www.elmuseo.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This is an important Latino cultural institution and is extremely important for the Latino community in the US, which is increasing every year. It is very important in placing US culture in a 21st century context.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could benefit from more support for all of its programming.
Andrew W Mellon Foundation (1 recommendation) Their impact is the foundation's history of funding theater.
Andrew W Mellon Foundation

http://www.mellon.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is the foundation's history of funding theater.

Organizational Strengths

R
They are careful and strategic in the organizations in which they invest.

Areas for Improvement

R
They would be better informed if they made site visits.
Appalshop (1 recommendation) Appalshop, Inc. is a superlative non-profit multidisciplinary arts, media, and community-based organization presenting and preserving Appalachian cultural traditions. They give voice and tell the stories of communities otherwise stereotyped and misunderstood through film, radio, theater, and music.
Appalshop

http://appalshop.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Appalshop, Inc. is a superlative non-profit multidisciplinary arts, media, and community-based organization presenting and preserving Appalachian cultural traditions. They give voice and tell the stories of communities otherwise stereotyped and misunderstood through film, radio, theater, and music.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strengths of Appalshop start from a staff that is technically proficient and multi-generational. The multidisciplinary nature of their work is another strength that broadens their impact.

Areas for Improvement

N
As an organization they are perhaps too dependent on contributed support from private foundations. They lack sufficient capital to transform their work for the interactive digital environment.
Arena Stage (1 recommendation) They have impact through their identification and production of new American plays and participation in the movement of American plays from early production to Broadway.
Arena Stage
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http://www.arenastage.org/about/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through their identification and production of new American plays and participation in the movement of American plays from early production to Broadway.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have excellent artistic and management leadership as well as an intelligent, differentiated focus on American theatre.

Areas for Improvement

N
Like all arts nonprofits, they continue to try to do too much. They should focus on the core mission.
Art Papers (1 recommendation) Their impact is their broad knowledge of the field and their strong presence regionally and internationally.
Art Papers

http://www.artpapers.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is their broad knowledge of the field and their strong presence regionally and internationally.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a very knowledgeable staff.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could be more consistent in distribution timing.
Artpace San Antonio (1 recommendation) For the past 15 years, Artpace has been an international laboratory for the creation and advancement of contemporary art. The organization is a dynamic social force inspiring individuals and defining cultures. Artpace offers residencies, exhibitions, and education programs that nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences.
Artpace San Antonio

http://www.artpace.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
For the past 15 years, Artpace has been an international laboratory for the creation and advancement of contemporary art. The organization is a dynamic social force inspiring individuals and defining cultures. Artpace offers residencies, exhibitions, and education programs that nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences.

Organizational Strengths

N
Growing from the inspired and generous vision of artist, collector, and businesswoman Linda Pace, Artpace is now an internationally respected public institution and a cornerstone of contemporary art with a stellar board of directors.
Arts Council Silicon Valley (1 recommendation) They build partnerships between government and for-profit organizations in support of nonprofits. They support individual artists and small to mid-sized organizations.
Arts Council Silicon Valley
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http://www.artscouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They build partnerships between government and for-profit organizations in support of nonprofits. They support individual artists and small to mid-sized organizations.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their organization, programming, and staff.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could expand partnerships in the corporate world and expand grant-making opportunities.
Arts Engine (1 recommendation) Their film festival and website have raised the profile of young filmmakers and given them a voice that they could find nowhere else. It's a great way of promoting democracy and strengthening America's best principles and practices.
Arts Engine

http://www.artsengine.net/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their film festival and website have raised the profile of young filmmakers and given them a voice that they could find nowhere else. It's a great way of promoting democracy and strengthening America's best principles and practices.

Organizational Strengths

R
They seem to be innovative, forward thinking, and well organized.
Arts for All, Inc. (1 recommendation) This is not a nonprofit, but a consortium of interests—nonprofits, school districts, municipal agencies, and funders—to provide arts education to all public school children in Los Angeles County, which is comprised of 81 school districts. To date over half of those school districts have involved themselves in this effort by adopting plans, policies, and budgets and hiring arts coordinators.
Arts for All, Inc.
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http://www.artsforallinc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This is not a nonprofit, but a consortium of interests—nonprofits, school districts, municipal agencies, and funders—to provide arts education to all public school children in Los Angeles County, which is comprised of 81 school districts. To date over half of those school districts have involved themselves in this effort by adopting plans, policies, and budgets and hiring arts coordinators.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strength is their vision to create systemic change and incorporate all the elements required to do that in its plan, as well as the leadership of the executive committee, representing key stakeholders.

Areas for Improvement

O
Arts For All is currently working to strengthen the advocacy component, which has lagged behind other components of the plan.
Association of African American Museums (1 recommendation) The AAAM provides a platform for African American and African Diaspora museums and cultural centers to conduct professional development, discuss issues of cultural policy and parity, and offer high quality networking experiences as well as the showcasing of performing arts companies.
Association of African American Museums

http://www.blackmuseums.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The AAAM provides a platform for African American and African Diaspora museums and cultural centers to conduct professional development, discuss issues of cultural policy and parity, and offer high quality networking experiences as well as the showcasing of performing arts companies.

Organizational Strengths

O
The organization appears to have a strong marketing program and practices, as evidenced by its loyal constituent base. It provides a progressive program to assist in the development of the next generation of leadership for African American museums and cultural centers as well as professional development opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in the field.
Association of Arts Administration Educators (1 recommendation) AAAE creates opportunities for educators in arts administration to share resources and information with each other. This has improved the quality of numerous arts administration programs and has promoted the growth of education about arts administration, in the long run promoting higher standards of professionalism throughout the field.
Association of Arts Administration Educators

http://www.artsadministration.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
AAAE creates opportunities for educators in arts administration to share resources and information with each other. This has improved the quality of numerous arts administration programs and has promoted the growth of education about arts administration, in the long run promoting higher standards of professionalism throughout the field.

Organizational Strengths

R
As a mostly volunteer organization, AAAE's board leadership has been essential in keeping the organization going and growing. The board president role in particular has been filled by energetic and dynamic leaders who have promoted real advancements in the organization and the field. The standards project, developing standards for both graduate and undergraduate education in arts administration, has been immensely helpful in solidifying the education offered by numerous arts administration programs.

Areas for Improvement

R
AAAE would benefit from having a full-time administrator. This would need to be supported by some additional income-generating source. In addition, AAAE is somewhat limited by the need for active participation by its membership, which is often restricted due to faculty members' other responsibilities.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters (1 recommendation) They are a very responsive organization and take a leadership role in their field.
Association of Performing Arts Presenters
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http://www.apap365.org/Pages/APAP365.aspx

Evidence of Impact

F
They are a very responsive organization and take a leadership role in their field.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership is very strong and always thoughtful, with a strong problem-solving culture.
Atlatl Inc (1 recommendation) ATLATL is a nonprofit that organizes events and networks for both contemporary and traditional Native American artists.
Atlatl Inc

Evidence of Impact

R
ATLATL is a nonprofit that organizes events and networks for both contemporary and traditional Native American artists.

Organizational Strengths

R
ATLATL provides leadership workshops and holds annual conferences for it members. These conferences are clearinghouses to address issues of pedagogy, marketing, and sustainability as well as the opportunity to network with fellow artists.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve by targeting contemporary art and its intellectual traditions.
Austin Film Society (1 recommendation) The Austin Film Society is a nonprofit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative filmmaking by showing great films and premieres, managing a 100,000 square foot film production facility in central Austin, awarding grants and supporting filmmakers, teaching kids and adults about filmmaking, and presenting the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame awards to raise funds for all the above.
Austin Film Society

http://www.austinfilm.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Austin Film Society is a nonprofit organization that promotes the appreciation of film and supports creative filmmaking by showing great films and premieres, managing a 100,000 square foot film production facility in central Austin, awarding grants and supporting filmmakers, teaching kids and adults about filmmaking, and presenting the annual Texas Film Hall of Fame awards to raise funds for all the above.

Organizational Strengths

N
By 1995, the organization's mission had expanded from screening movies to supporting the filmmakers who made them. AFS hired its first paid staff and revised the mission statement to reflect its expanded role as a source of support and information for regional artists. These support services, which continue today, include advice and referrals, workshops, a community newsletter, an information-rich website, fiscal sponsorship of projects, and the Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund (since 1996 the Austin Film Society has awarded nearly $1 million in cash, goods, and services to over 250 film and video projects). The Austin Film Society's accomplishments have been sustained by concerted volunteer efforts, the support of the community and local arts organizations, a strong board of directors, the enthusiasm of Austin audiences, and the support of well-known filmmakers, including its advisory board that includes Charles Burnett, Guillermo del Toro, Jonathan Demme, Mike Judge, Robert Rodriguez, Harry Knowles, John Pierson, John Sayles, Steven Soderbergh, Paul Stekler, Elizabeth Avellan, Quentin Tarantino, and Kevin Smith.
Big Picture Learning (1 recommendation) Big Picture Learning’s mission is to lead vital changes in education, both in the United States and internationally, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community. They believe that in order to sustain successful schools where authentic and relevant learning takes place, they must continually innovate techniques and test learning tools to make their schools better and more rigorous. Lastly, they believe that in order to create and influence the schools of the future, they must use the lessons learned through their practice and research to give them added leverage to impact changes in public policy.
Big Picture Learning

http://www.bigpicture.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Big Picture Learning’s mission is to lead vital changes in education, both in the United States and internationally, by generating and sustaining innovative, personalized schools that work in tandem with the real world of the greater community. They believe that in order to sustain successful schools where authentic and relevant learning takes place, they must continually innovate techniques and test learning tools to make their schools better and more rigorous. Lastly, they believe that in order to create and influence the schools of the future, they must use the lessons learned through their practice and research to give them added leverage to impact changes in public policy.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership is extremely creative and innovative; they are constantly looking for new ways to "teach" any and every student. One of their greatest strengths is their alumni, i.e., the young men and women who were students and are now returning to "teach" and help administrate.

Areas for Improvement

N
One of their greatest challenges has been resistance from many public school systems, so improving their communication externally would be very helpful.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1 recommendation) For years, Bill T. Jones and his company have worked with communities - large and small - around the country to create dance with meaning. They take an idea with national or international relevance and make it a "discussion" on local levels.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company

http://www.billtjones.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
For years, Bill T. Jones and his company have worked with communities - large and small - around the country to create dance with meaning. They take an idea with national or international relevance and make it a "discussion" on local levels.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a strong board and a dedicated staff team. Merging with DTW (Dance Theater Company) may be a good thing. They are thoughtful in financial planning and continue to build the strength of their balance sheet.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could continue developing the depth and skills of their staff and increase their operating reserve.
Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS (1 recommendation) Their impact is through an innovative, effective response to the AIDS crisis.
Broadway Cares-Equity Fights AIDS
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http://www.broadwaycares.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is through an innovative, effective response to the AIDS crisis.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have a great vibe, integrity, and heart.

Areas for Improvement

N
A presence in TV and film media, perhaps through via Tony broadcast, would be a value-add.
Brooklyn Museum (1 recommendation) The BMA (Brooklyn Museum of Art) curates and presents seasons of work that are challenging, exciting, and relevant. They create exhibitions and supporting materials that give the public a window into other worlds.
Brooklyn Museum
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http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The BMA (Brooklyn Museum of Art) curates and presents seasons of work that are challenging, exciting, and relevant. They create exhibitions and supporting materials that give the public a window into other worlds.

Organizational Strengths

N
The restructuring of their operations, i.e., integrating curatorial and educational teams, has lead to a more relevant, alive, and vibrant museum. Their leadership team is strong and dedicated.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could continue to develop the internal capabilities of high potential staff and continue to encourage a culture of collaboration and innovation.
Cabinet Magazine (1 recommendation) Cabinet is a magazine that targets (and reaches) an eclectic audience of creative thinkers who are not necessarily artists but not necessarily not artists. Its interest in the neglected corners of science, history, philosophy, art, and social and political thought brings together odd and erudite essays, interviews, and other projects that would likely have no other outlet. It has recently opened a public space where authors and artists interact with local audiences in inventive and unconventional programs that expand and riff on the magazine’s content.
Cabinet Magazine

http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Cabinet is a magazine that targets (and reaches) an eclectic audience of creative thinkers who are not necessarily artists but not necessarily not artists. Its interest in the neglected corners of science, history, philosophy, art, and social and political thought brings together odd and erudite essays, interviews, and other projects that would likely have no other outlet. It has recently opened a public space where authors and artists interact with local audiences in inventive and unconventional programs that expand and riff on the magazine’s content.

Organizational Strengths

F
Sina Najafi, Cabinet’s editor-in-chief, exemplifies the organization’s unique combination of intellectual rigor and high spirits. His creative commitment to the magazine inspires a loyal following of readers, writers, employees, interns, and friends. He is adept at forging collaborations with like-minded organizations and thinking dynamically about Cabinet’s future.

Areas for Improvement

F
Perhaps because Cabinet has created such a feeling of good will among its readers and supporters, many infrastructural projects are undertaken with in-kind support and without going through traditional vetting processes. Cabinet could consider using some of its resources to get the opinions and recommendations of outside “experts” more often. It could also perhaps bring more thorough documentation of its events to its website so that those who are unable to visit the space can still share in the experience.
Cal Performances (1 recommendation) Their impact is providing a program of first-rate performing arts (national and international in origin) for northern California (with UCLA as its southern Californian counterpart).
Cal Performances

http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is providing a program of first-rate performing arts (national and international in origin) for northern California (with UCLA as its southern Californian counterpart).

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is the long leadership of Robert Cole, whose awareness of trends in the mainstream of the performing arts and their leading edges allowed him for years to secure artists before they reached their peaks. Additionally, Cole has the ability to claim those artists' loyalty (and to offer his in return) by forming long relationships.

Areas for Improvement

R
Now there is a new leader, and we all know what difficulties that poses after a successful predecessor's reign. One hopes Cole's knack for talent spotting is a gift found in his successor.
Center for Arts Management and Technology (1 recommendation) The Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon provides resources that leverage technology to benefit artists and arts organizations. I am mainly familiar with their professional development workshops, podcast, and blog. I consider them a go-to source for the latest tools and techniques.
Center for Arts Management and Technology

http://camt.artsnet.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Center for Arts Management and Technology at Carnegie Mellon provides resources that leverage technology to benefit artists and arts organizations. I am mainly familiar with their professional development workshops, podcast, and blog. I consider them a go-to source for the latest tools and techniques.

Organizational Strengths

N
The executive director and other staff are very generous with their expertise and advice.
Center for Craft Creativity and Design (1 recommendation) Their impact is raising awareness of the importance of crafts industries and individual crafts people on an international level. Their support for scholarship and critical writing has been equally important.
Center for Craft Creativity and Design

http://www.craftcreativitydesign.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is raising awareness of the importance of crafts industries and individual crafts people on an international level. Their support for scholarship and critical writing has been equally important.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their leadership and operations. The CCCD is more than a think tank; it is a "do tank," moving from critical awareness to support for internships, individual artists, and publications in the field. Its international participation is critical.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with greater board participation and support.
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (1 recommendation) This organization has had a major impact on the development of community based and school based programming for youth, with a focus on the Hmong community. The impact reaches from the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, MN to greater Minnesota and Wisconsin. Programming has developed a strong model for youth leadership and contributes to the professional development models for K-12 teaching and learning.
Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

http://www.aboutchat.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has had a major impact on the development of community based and school based programming for youth, with a focus on the Hmong community. The impact reaches from the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, MN to greater Minnesota and Wisconsin. Programming has developed a strong model for youth leadership and contributes to the professional development models for K-12 teaching and learning.

Organizational Strengths

R
The staff continues to find ways to build leadership within the organization and the broader community by accessing available resources, such as funding and leadership programs. The staff has worked to find ways to expand staffing and to prioritize programming, which focuses on the mission and vision of the organization.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve their marketing strategies to Hmong and non-Hmong community members. They could also provide more professional development for their staff and teaching artists.
Center for Rural Strategies (1 recommendation) CRS is reframing the public discourse around rural issues and communities. In our highly divisive political landscape, it's of vital importance to have CRS's clear and incisive analysis rather than stereotypes and misleading sound bites.
Center for Rural Strategies

http://www.ruralstrategies.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
CRS is reframing the public discourse around rural issues and communities. In our highly divisive political landscape, it's of vital importance to have CRS's clear and incisive analysis rather than stereotypes and misleading sound bites.

Organizational Strengths

N
CRS's strength is savvy and experienced leadership, especially in Dee Davis, the executive director. Their primary outlet is The Daily Yonder, a model for smart professional reporting and incisive analysis.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use some marketing help. The readership attracts a lot of public policy wonks; it would be nice to see them reach out to John Q. Public.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their unique and priceless international archive of political posters, graphics, and related materials.
Center for the Study of Political Graphics
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http://www.politicalgraphics.org/home.html

Evidence of Impact

F
Their impact is through their unique and priceless international archive of political posters, graphics, and related materials.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their leadership is strong, but their staff is small. Operations are efficient (hippie-style modesty).

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization lacks the international marketing, outreach, and networks to find, collect, preserve, and exhibit posters from all over the world.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (1 recommendation) Chamber Music is under everyone's radar; for a chamber music organization devoted to classical music to be as healthy and robust as this one is an astounding accomplishment. They have educational programs for young students and student musicians and do an excellent job of reaching out into the community of non-music audiences.
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

http://www.chambermusicsociety.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Chamber Music is under everyone's radar; for a chamber music organization devoted to classical music to be as healthy and robust as this one is an astounding accomplishment. They have educational programs for young students and student musicians and do an excellent job of reaching out into the community of non-music audiences.

Organizational Strengths

N
The artistic, managerial, and board leadership is exemplary. David Finckel and Wu Han have breathed new life into the organization, and Executive Director Norma Hurlburt is a real pro.

Areas for Improvement

N
I'd like to see them focus even more on young audiences – under 35 or so. They might also do more with social media or experiment with more audience interaction.
Chicago Opera Theater (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their quality performances of fine, rarely seen operas, done in creative (often avant-garde productions. This organization does an incredible amount with a relatively small budget.
Chicago Opera Theater
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http://www.chicagooperatheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is through their quality performances of fine, rarely seen operas, done in creative (often avant-garde productions. This organization does an incredible amount with a relatively small budget.

Organizational Strengths

O
The general director is a world-class expert in artistic management, in terms of identifying and selecting superb talent among singers, directors, and so on. There has been a recent change for the better in development staff, and this function has vastly improved.

Areas for Improvement

O
Financial stability has been a long-standing problem for COT. Opera is extremely expensive to produce, even with frugal production values, and the audience size for their productions is quite a bit smaller than for traditional grand opera. To the best of my knowledge, the marketing function is not adequately strategic or visionary, and goals have greatly exceeded earned revenue.
Chicago Sinfonietta (1 recommendation) They have a highly diverse orchestra that is training and employing musicians of color. They also regularly perform symphonic music by composers of color. The group is doing a lot of innovative programming that draws new, younger audiences to classical music as well as diversifying the audience for it.
Chicago Sinfonietta

http://www.chicagosinfonietta.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
They have a highly diverse orchestra that is training and employing musicians of color. They also regularly perform symphonic music by composers of color. The group is doing a lot of innovative programming that draws new, younger audiences to classical music as well as diversifying the audience for it.

Organizational Strengths

F
They did a remarkable turnaround with their board. They have recruited top executives that give at high levels and are really good ambassadors for the program. The leadership is also very strong and its marketing is top-notch. Their work provides a lot of entry points for new audiences through its alternative programming (music accompanied with dance, video projections, performing in alternative venues, etc.).

Areas for Improvement

F
They are currently in the process of an artistic leadership transition. The current founder is so closely associated with the organization that replacing him will be extremely delicate and sensitive. While it does a fantastic job with its e-marketing, I’m not sure it’s really reaching anyone new; they have strong communications with an existing base, but how are they reaching new audiences?
Chicago Theatre Group (1 recommendation) This theater is the model organization for diversity. It permeates the entire organization. It has a diverse artistic staff, which in turn produces and presents diverse works on stage that attract diverse audiences. It also has an engaged, diverse board that is highly committed to the organization. It has really raised the bar for other mainstream theaters in town on how to cultivate and build diverse audiences.
Chicago Theatre Group
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http://www.goodmantheatre.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This theater is the model organization for diversity. It permeates the entire organization. It has a diverse artistic staff, which in turn produces and presents diverse works on stage that attract diverse audiences. It also has an engaged, diverse board that is highly committed to the organization. It has really raised the bar for other mainstream theaters in town on how to cultivate and build diverse audiences.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their diverse programming happens throughout the season (not just during Black History Month, for example). It’s done in a way where it’s just the norm - not something special. They have excellent target marketing with special ticket packages for specific audiences, and they host other cultivation events to support programming that would appeal to new audiences.

Areas for Improvement

F
Their current executive and artistic directors have been in place for a long time. They desperately need to craft a leadership succession plan on both fronts.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh (1 recommendation) This is an institution that other children's museums look to for best practices. They’re innovative, they nurture, and most of all, they take responsibility not only for their own facility but also they are working to improve an entire neighborhood that has fallen on hard times.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
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http://www.pittsburghkids.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This is an institution that other children's museums look to for best practices. They’re innovative, they nurture, and most of all, they take responsibility not only for their own facility but also they are working to improve an entire neighborhood that has fallen on hard times.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their leadership, first and foremost. They have a strong governance structure, loyal and hard working staff, and beautiful facilities.

Areas for Improvement

N
A larger endowment would help ease some issues around depreciation. They have a large facility that will need to be recapitalized in the future.
Chorus America (1 recommendation) Chorus America as a national service organization offers a wealth of technical assistance and services to the choral field. It positively impacts the broad choral field, including amateurs, professionals, children's choirs, LBGT choruses, etc. But a great part of its impact also comes from its advocacy activities and its ability to tap into the potential of the choral arts as a medium to access and understand the arts. The organization's 2003 choral impact study estimated that there are more than 28 million Americans, children and adults, who sing in choruses. The group has gone on to document the impact of choral singing on citizens. At a time when we are all trying to find ways to help the American public understand the value of the arts in our everyday lives, the potential power of this "choral army" cannot be underestimated. Chorus America has begun to marshal this data through the creation of the Singer Network, but I believe there is even more potential for using this data and building connections between the national level and local choral activity.
Chorus America

http://www.chorusamerica.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Chorus America as a national service organization offers a wealth of technical assistance and services to the choral field. It positively impacts the broad choral field, including amateurs, professionals, children's choirs, LBGT choruses, etc. But a great part of its impact also comes from its advocacy activities and its ability to tap into the potential of the choral arts as a medium to access and understand the arts. The organization's 2003 choral impact study estimated that there are more than 28 million Americans, children and adults, who sing in choruses. The group has gone on to document the impact of choral singing on citizens. At a time when we are all trying to find ways to help the American public understand the value of the arts in our everyday lives, the potential power of this "choral army" cannot be underestimated. Chorus America has begun to marshal this data through the creation of the Singer Network, but I believe there is even more potential for using this data and building connections between the national level and local choral activity.

Organizational Strengths

F
I serve on the board of Chorus America, so I can say firsthand that it is one of the best-run boards on which I have ever served. Its executive director, Ann Meier Baker, is extremely effective. The organization is fiscally sound and very well managed.

Areas for Improvement

F
Chorus America is one of the smallest national service organizations. It is frugal and has never had access to significant resources. I do not think that it has imagined what it could do with its choral impact data if it had more resources.
Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble (1 recommendation) Chuck Davis is a great teacher, leader, and community builder; he is respected all over the world.
Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble

http://www.africanamericandanceensemble.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Chuck Davis is a great teacher, leader, and community builder; he is respected all over the world.

Organizational Strengths

N
Chuck Davis has built an audience for African dance; he has used the traditions of the field to build programs for both elders and youth.

Areas for Improvement

N
The artistic quality of the company is not equal to Chuck's personal impact as a leader in the field.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (1 recommendation) Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is a leading professional regional theater in the area with fine productions and strong educational outreach.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
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http://www.cincyplay.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is a leading professional regional theater in the area with fine productions and strong educational outreach.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong and stable leadership as well as strong finances and fundraising.
Civic Knowledge Project (1 recommendation) This initiative has become a strong, vital resource for small, culturally specific arts groups. It gives capacity building workshops, using the vast resources of the university for teachers, space, etc. It has connected groups that were once isolated into a broader cultural community.
Civic Knowledge Project

http://civicknowledge.uchicago.edu/

Evidence of Impact

F
This initiative has become a strong, vital resource for small, culturally specific arts groups. It gives capacity building workshops, using the vast resources of the university for teachers, space, etc. It has connected groups that were once isolated into a broader cultural community.

Organizational Strengths

F
It remains committed to a group over an extended period of time. It’s not just a drop-in once program, but rather is to be used for its ongoing series of training and information sessions to help groups become more fiscally sound and managed more professionally. Many of its participants had never received a grant before participating, but it teaches them how to write grants, offers workshops to "meet the funder," and ultimately helps them secure new sources of contributed income.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization has a very small staff, so the program could have an even larger impact, but it is limited by its own capacity.
Classical Action Performing Arts Against AIDS (1 recommendation) This is a trail-blazing organization responding to the AIDS crisis via salon concerts.
Classical Action Performing Arts Against AIDS

http://www.classicalaction.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This is a trail-blazing organization responding to the AIDS crisis via salon concerts.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have beautiful event production and a great spirit.

Areas for Improvement

N
Increased community inroads are needed.
Community MusicWorks (1 recommendation) They build community and young musicians through classical music (of all things!) in a low-income Providence neighborhood. They send most of their young musicians off to college and revitalize classical music at a time when it appears to have lost much of its meaning for most Americans.
Community MusicWorks
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http://www.communitymusicworks.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They build community and young musicians through classical music (of all things!) in a low-income Providence neighborhood. They send most of their young musicians off to college and revitalize classical music at a time when it appears to have lost much of its meaning for most Americans.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have brilliant leadership and staff with a deep understanding of music, community building, and teaching. CMW has become a leading "youth arts" organization in Providence, the North East region, and the nation. They have thoughtful organizational development and growth; they care not to 'over-reach' and believe all the hype about themselves. The organization has become a thought leader in the world of classical music and in community-based arts practice.
Connecticut Commision on Culture and Tourism (1 recommendation) They encourage art and creativity throughout the state.
Connecticut Commision on Culture and Tourism

http://www.cultureandtourism.org/cct/site/default.asp

Evidence of Impact

R
They encourage art and creativity throughout the state.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong and open leadership and an investment in those they fund.

Areas for Improvement

R
Greater funds to administer would help.
Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists (1 recommendation) This all-volunteer run organization has been able to convene two unprecedented national conferences and two national festivals that brought together over 300 people working in the fields of Asian American theater and performance. Through these events, new work and new relationships have been generated that impact the larger arts and culture sector and the face of leadership.
Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists

http://www.naatf.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This all-volunteer run organization has been able to convene two unprecedented national conferences and two national festivals that brought together over 300 people working in the fields of Asian American theater and performance. Through these events, new work and new relationships have been generated that impact the larger arts and culture sector and the face of leadership.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (1 recommendation) CERF has helped hundreds of artists with over $1 million in grants, loans, and other services. They have become national leaders in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. CERF provided leadership to create and advance a national taskforce to advance readiness and response for artists and arts organizations. They led the development of a National Blueprint for a seamless arts response network, the development of information, and the professional development for artists including the Studio Protector -- a wall guide and online resources for studio artist.
Craft Emergency Relief Fund
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http://craftemergency.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
CERF has helped hundreds of artists with over $1 million in grants, loans, and other services. They have become national leaders in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery. CERF provided leadership to create and advance a national taskforce to advance readiness and response for artists and arts organizations. They led the development of a National Blueprint for a seamless arts response network, the development of information, and the professional development for artists including the Studio Protector -- a wall guide and online resources for studio artist.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their coalition building and their model for steady growth and successful board development, leading to organizational continuity.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve their communications and by making disaster education programs sexy and compelling.
Cultural Odyssey (1 recommendation) Their impact is through the vision and leadership of Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor. These are artists who both produce work and lead an organization with significant programs, such as the Medea Project, which works with incarcerated women. They work nationally and internationally. They have a role in curating artists for other festivals and series, such as Idris's work with the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, NC.
Cultural Odyssey

http://www.culturalodyssey.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Their impact is through the vision and leadership of Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor. These are artists who both produce work and lead an organization with significant programs, such as the Medea Project, which works with incarcerated women. They work nationally and internationally. They have a role in curating artists for other festivals and series, such as Idris's work with the National Black Theater Festival in Winston Salem, NC.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strengths are their Medea project, which is a leader among organizations, and their work in Trinidad, which includes a collaborative, creative project with the University of the West Indies. This is a small organization that has managed to survive for a long time while tackling difficult issues. They are survivors in the best sense of the word.

Areas for Improvement

F
They have weak management because of the slim pool of operating support available to them as well as their own shortcomings in this area; they are sometimes stretched too thin leading to new work being "rushed to the stage" before it is ready.
Dance Camera West (1 recommendation) Dance on camera is becoming an essential presentation form as well as a technique of documentation. This particular organization has international attraction and uses resources of Hollywood filmmakers crossing disciplines (Mitchell Rose) well.
Dance Camera West

http://www.dancecamerawest.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Dance on camera is becoming an essential presentation form as well as a technique of documentation. This particular organization has international attraction and uses resources of Hollywood filmmakers crossing disciplines (Mitchell Rose) well.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their marketing, which attracts entries from all over the world; their organization, which as resulted in an extremely well run festival; and their expertise, i.e., using Mitchell Rose and others for advice and adjudication.
Dance Critics Association (1 recommendation) The Dance Critics Association continues to provide community space for dance writers who would otherwise be isolated from their peers and who would find it more difficult to network and exchange information.
Dance Critics Association

http://dancecritics.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The Dance Critics Association continues to provide community space for dance writers who would otherwise be isolated from their peers and who would find it more difficult to network and exchange information.

Organizational Strengths

O
The organization runs on a small budget, with nearly all work done by volunteers. It produces an annual conference where the most pressing, current issues in the field can be aired and discussed; it produces an informational newsletter; and it awards scholarships to emerging writers.

Areas for Improvement

O
The organization needs to do more to publicize its activities and to recruit new members.
Dance Place (1 recommendation) Through years of community building, they have had a huge impact on the dance community, local youth, and families.
Dance Place
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http://www.danceplace.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Through years of community building, they have had a huge impact on the dance community, local youth, and families.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their leadership (the founder/executive director has been with the organization for 30 years); their consistent focus on their mission; and their very neighborhood-centric nature.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need more staff in order to grow and achieve more.
DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center (1 recommendation) Since 2001, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center Institute has invested in the professional development of up and coming arts managers here and abroad.
DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center
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http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/artsmanagement/

Evidence of Impact

R
Since 2001, the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center Institute has invested in the professional development of up and coming arts managers here and abroad.

Organizational Strengths

R
They recently received a $22.5 million gift, which renamed the institute the DeVos Arts Management Institute at the Kennedy Center.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to do a better job at partnering with, not against, academic arts management programs here and abroad. By creating a partnership they could increase the impact.
Deaf West Theatre Company (1 recommendation) The organization has developed a high innovative way to stage play where two sets of actors (one hearing and one deaf) play each primary character. The organization has successfully toured and taught their production process.
Deaf West Theatre Company

http://www.deafwest.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The organization has developed a high innovative way to stage play where two sets of actors (one hearing and one deaf) play each primary character. The organization has successfully toured and taught their production process.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their visionary leadership and inspired staff make this a strong organization.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization’s financial operating fluctuated too much.
Desert Botanical Garden (1 recommendation) This is a highly visible, community-connected garden. It is just finishing accreditation from Museums Association. The cactus and succulent collection has been called world class.
Desert Botanical Garden
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http://www.dbg.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This is a highly visible, community-connected garden. It is just finishing accreditation from Museums Association. The cactus and succulent collection has been called world class.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have excellent and engaged board leadership; very active involvement; and an excellent and diverse staff that is highly recognized around the country. They are always looking for the next big challenges. They are not satisfied with status quo and want to do more to be connected to both science and community.

Areas for Improvement

F
It could improve by increasing its connection to other arts and cultural organizations. At this point, it is in beginning stages of collaboration with the Heard Museum on the Allan Houser Exhibition. There is more to come, and they could benefit from knowing how to partner effectively.
Detroit Artists Market (1 recommendation) The Detroit Artists Market has consistently anchored the non-profit visual arts scene in Detroit since the 1930s. It is difficult to imagine another gallery, venue, or organization stepping in to fulfill the DAM's role as a leader in sales and exposure opportunities for local artists. They generate revenue and create jobs in an economic climate where nearly all other business models fail.
Detroit Artists Market
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http://www.detroitartistsmarket.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Detroit Artists Market has consistently anchored the non-profit visual arts scene in Detroit since the 1930s. It is difficult to imagine another gallery, venue, or organization stepping in to fulfill the DAM's role as a leader in sales and exposure opportunities for local artists. They generate revenue and create jobs in an economic climate where nearly all other business models fail.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a lean, dedicated staff of an extremely high caliber. The DAM is operated by arts professionals with impressive national credentials who are able to recognize and persuade creative types of a similarly high caliber to become involved in the organization and creative culture of metropolitan Detroit.

Areas for Improvement

R
Somewhat out of necessity, the Detroit Artists Market has been largely focused (preoccupied) on growing and sustaining the burgeoning LOCAL arts scene in Detroit, while more could be done to attract support and interest from artists and donors outside the state who might see the city and area for the great potential it represents.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (1 recommendation) They support emerging groups and provocative work in performing arts.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

http://www.ddcf.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
They support emerging groups and provocative work in performing arts.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their leadership, accessibility, openness to collaboration, and advocacy.

Areas for Improvement

O
Since all activities are funded by grants only, the Doris Duke Foundation is often underserved by its consultants and partners.
East-West Players (1 recommendation) EWP hosted and organized the first National Asian American Theater Conference in 2006. In collaboration with TeAda Productions, it will organize the third National Asian American Theater Conference/Festival in Los Angeles in June 2011, which will be the first time an event like this has been organized.
East-West Players
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http://www.eastwestplayers.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
EWP hosted and organized the first National Asian American Theater Conference in 2006. In collaboration with TeAda Productions, it will organize the third National Asian American Theater Conference/Festival in Los Angeles in June 2011, which will be the first time an event like this has been organized.

Organizational Strengths

N
Under its current leadership, EWP acquired a permanent home for its performance space and has managed to continue operating it. Even under the fiscal duress with which we all have to contend, they have managed to continue with productions that are well received. Tim Dang, the Artistic Director, has been effective in partnering with Asian American artists from around the country.

Areas for Improvement

N
I would like to see EWP make braver choices about new plays they produce. Perhaps they could improve with a new programmatic approach for developing new plays by Asian American playwrights.
Elsewhere Collaborative (1 recommendation) They create opportunities for emerging artists to create new work in a unique environment.
Elsewhere Collaborative

http://www.elsewhereelsewhere.org

Evidence of Impact

F
They create opportunities for emerging artists to create new work in a unique environment.

Organizational Strengths

F
This young organization is capitalizing on its unusual physical plant (an inherited surplus store) as the basis for a new model of artist residency. Works are created with the intention of being destroyed, added to, and re-contextualized. The raw materials come from the site itself. In just a few years, under the inventive leadership of George Scheer and Stephanie Sherman, this group has received significant attention in the form of new applicants, national funders, and local civic leaders. They have put in place a fluid set of creative strategies that speaks to the way art is being made now. This is a hugely exciting organization in Greensboro, North Carolina

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve with more caution instead of a recipe for improvement; I would offer that they not grow up too fast and not be burdened by a top-heavy organizational structure.
Exit Art (1 recommendation) They have tremendous impact, a very powerful vision, and an impact locally and globally. I feel Exit Art is the most engaged and dynamic cultural organization in the US, given the topics, programs, engagement with diverse cultures, communities, issues, questions, and challenges for our society at large and the arts in particular. The exhibitions, programs, and projects not only reach a wide diversity of communities in the New York City metropolitan area, but also all over the globe they have received responses, contributors, etc.
Exit Art

http://www.exitart.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have tremendous impact, a very powerful vision, and an impact locally and globally. I feel Exit Art is the most engaged and dynamic cultural organization in the US, given the topics, programs, engagement with diverse cultures, communities, issues, questions, and challenges for our society at large and the arts in particular. The exhibitions, programs, and projects not only reach a wide diversity of communities in the New York City metropolitan area, but also all over the globe they have received responses, contributors, etc.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their leadership is truly visionary, and their staff works miracles given the scale and complexity of the projects. The marketing visuals are also brilliant.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with more publications with major publishers; this has to do with a lack of staffing and financing, as I see it. Also, film theater has been in the works for years, but funding is an issue for full realization. This organization was totally clued into the digital video revolution and wants to do more with it.
Eyebeam (1 recommendation) Eyebeam is assembling some of the most innovative artists in the country and experimenting with extremely interesting ideas, challenging norms in the art world, and creating dialogue around technology, art, and social change.
Eyebeam
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http://www.eyebeam.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Eyebeam is assembling some of the most innovative artists in the country and experimenting with extremely interesting ideas, challenging norms in the art world, and creating dialogue around technology, art, and social change.

Organizational Strengths

N
Eyebeam's use of technology to connect people in the real space is an example of really effective marketing and use of social media. Additionally, the organization has a great space that is used as a gallery, shop, offices, studios, and classroom.

Areas for Improvement

N
Eyebeam needs more administrative support and a stronger fundraising team and board.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (1 recommendation) Flynn is an acclaimed performing arts and education center that is recognized internationally for its exceptional artistic, educational and community outreach activities, its world-class presentations, and notably, its sound fiscal management.
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

http://www.flynncenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Flynn is an acclaimed performing arts and education center that is recognized internationally for its exceptional artistic, educational and community outreach activities, its world-class presentations, and notably, its sound fiscal management.

Organizational Strengths

N
Over the past 30 years, Flynn has expanded its year-round educational offerings, launched a major jazz festival, and successfully completed multiple multi-million dollar capital campaigns. Their performing arts season is attended by more than 41,000 people, and more than 46,000 school children from more than 300 schools and home schools attend the nearly 50 student matinee performances annually.

Areas for Improvement

N
As is the case with the best-managed nonprofits, Flynn will need to continue to be mindful about the relationship between their mission, organizational capacity, and capital structure, and they will need to make strategic adjustments accordingly.
Fourth Arts Block (1 recommendation) FAB is a coalition of arts organizations (perhaps 15 or 20 by now) that reside in mostly their own spaces on E. Fourth Street in the East Village, New York, between Bowery and 2nd Ave. Several years ago this coalition, working with local community council representatives, convinced the city to sell 7 buildings (I think) to arts organizations that had been squatting in these buildings for many years. In collaboration with the city, through FAB, these organizations have been working with the city, other foundations, and private sources to raise other funds to upgrade these buildings and steadily make 4th Street an even more dynamic arts and culture center. In fact, many have started calling 4th street and FAB the Lincoln Center of the East Village. It is a great example of a self-organizing arts and culture system having great impact with very little financial support.
Fourth Arts Block
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http://www.fabnyc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
FAB is a coalition of arts organizations (perhaps 15 or 20 by now) that reside in mostly their own spaces on E. Fourth Street in the East Village, New York, between Bowery and 2nd Ave. Several years ago this coalition, working with local community council representatives, convinced the city to sell 7 buildings (I think) to arts organizations that had been squatting in these buildings for many years. In collaboration with the city, through FAB, these organizations have been working with the city, other foundations, and private sources to raise other funds to upgrade these buildings and steadily make 4th Street an even more dynamic arts and culture center. In fact, many have started calling 4th street and FAB the Lincoln Center of the East Village. It is a great example of a self-organizing arts and culture system having great impact with very little financial support.

Organizational Strengths

O
FAB is a coalition of some extremely diverse arts organizations who have managed to come together, in spite of great diversity and artistic interests, to achieve a dynamic economy-of-combination that has inspired the confidence of the city and other investors in this experiment. It underscores, yet again, how arts organizations can serve as the centerpiece of the cultural and economic re-emergence of neighborhoods that respect and protect the artists and organizations that have made the initial investment. The director is an amazing leader who manages to hold together some of the most interesting and challenging artistic personalities in the city of New York. Tamara Greenfield has redefined "lead collaboration" with FAB.
Freewaves (1 recommendation) Freewaves (formerly known as LA Freewaves) is the only organization in the city of LA dedicated to the production and presentation of video and time-based public artwork.
Freewaves
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http://freewaves.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Freewaves (formerly known as LA Freewaves) is the only organization in the city of LA dedicated to the production and presentation of video and time-based public artwork.

Organizational Strengths

F
Freewaves is lean, nomadic, and fiscally sound.

Areas for Improvement

F
Freewaves could benefit from full-time, paid staff and a succession and transition plan to ensure its future.
Future of Music Coalition (1 recommendation) FMC has raised awareness of ways to interact with the federal government beyond the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). FMC has made important strides in connecting the arts with government agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Copyright Office, and the Federal Trade Commission and did a great job in communicating the relevance of the battle over net neutrality to the arts community. Founded by an indie rocker and led most recently by a classically-trained violinist, their approach is admirably and authentically sector-agnostic.
Future of Music Coalition
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http://futureofmusic.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
FMC has raised awareness of ways to interact with the federal government beyond the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). FMC has made important strides in connecting the arts with government agencies such as the Federal Communications Commission, the Copyright Office, and the Federal Trade Commission and did a great job in communicating the relevance of the battle over net neutrality to the arts community. Founded by an indie rocker and led most recently by a classically-trained violinist, their approach is admirably and authentically sector-agnostic.

Organizational Strengths

R
FMC has a great, young staff that is bolstered by Policy Director Michael Bracy's background and connections in the legal field. It is one of the few organizations to have an extensive network in both the for-profit and nonprofit music fields.

Areas for Improvement

R
FMC will need to make some decisions over the next few years about where it is headed. It made great strides in a short time for a startup, but has been hitting similar themes for several years now, and some of its original energy seems to have subsided. The organization has had some turnover in the executive seat since founder Jenny Toomey left in 2007, and hopefully the new executive director will be able to right the ship.
Galeria Studio 24 (1 recommendation) San Francisco's Galeria de la Raza is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. While this is a milestone for any arts organization, it is a particular testament to the strength of the organization's leadership and its vibrant connection to its community. Surviving the turbulent fluctuations in arts funding, Galeria de la Raza has continued to serve as an integral part of San Francisco's Mission District, connecting the historic neighborhood to the nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Galeria's leadership reads like a “who's who” of the San Francisco Bay Area Latino arts community, and it is wonderful to see the intergenerational, multi-ethnic, and interdisciplinary community that calls the Galeria home. The Galeria de la Raza's Digital Mural program has provided visibility to dozens of renowned artists. Although currently facing funding challenges, the Galeria continues to provide innovative, profound, and inclusionary programming. Galeria de la Raza's programming is national in significance and scope, and artists from around the country exhibit and perform there.
Galeria Studio 24

http://www.galeriadelaraza.org/eng/studio24/

Evidence of Impact

N
San Francisco's Galeria de la Raza is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary. While this is a milestone for any arts organization, it is a particular testament to the strength of the organization's leadership and its vibrant connection to its community. Surviving the turbulent fluctuations in arts funding, Galeria de la Raza has continued to serve as an integral part of San Francisco's Mission District, connecting the historic neighborhood to the nationally and internationally recognized artists. The Galeria's leadership reads like a “who's who” of the San Francisco Bay Area Latino arts community, and it is wonderful to see the intergenerational, multi-ethnic, and interdisciplinary community that calls the Galeria home. The Galeria de la Raza's Digital Mural program has provided visibility to dozens of renowned artists. Although currently facing funding challenges, the Galeria continues to provide innovative, profound, and inclusionary programming. Galeria de la Raza's programming is national in significance and scope, and artists from around the country exhibit and perform there.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Galeria de la Raza's Executive Director Carolina Ponce de Leon is an asset to the San Francisco arts community. Her visionary leadership has provided opportunities for numerous emerging artists while also maintaining a connection with founders and veteran artists who are creating groundbreaking work. The organization's online digital archive is a tremendous resource and an inspirational reminder of the impact of the organization and its artists on the national arts and culture field.

Areas for Improvement

N
Located in the heart of the Mission, the Galeria de la Raza occupies a small space. While this space could be larger, the organization generates an incredible amount of aesthetically and culturally significant work from this location.
Garth Fagan Dance (1 recommendation) Company Director Garth Fagan is a genius, whose choreographic creations enrich the dance world and the arts scene generally. He is one of the senior artists working in his field, and his work is of the very highest caliber.
Garth Fagan Dance

http://garthfagandance.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Company Director Garth Fagan is a genius, whose choreographic creations enrich the dance world and the arts scene generally. He is one of the senior artists working in his field, and his work is of the very highest caliber.

Organizational Strengths

O
The company has a very devoted staff, with many of Mr. Fagan's former dancers now serving in other capacities. They offer educational workshops and outreach to young people and minorities

Areas for Improvement

O
They need better marketing and need to do more fundraising.
Grand Performances (1 recommendation) Grand Performances is a critical, entry-level performance site for both new and well-connected arts audiences interested in discovering new, multicultural arts organizations and performance. Not only do they support a variety of Southern California arts organizations, but also they annually bring in the best dance and music organizations the world has to offer. The performances Grand Performances finds and sponsors are free to the attending audiences, and therefore they frequently bring in many new audience members who normally can't afford to see these performances in other venues. If the individuals who attend get on Grand Performances mailing lists, these lists frequently continue to influence further involvement in other local and internationally focused multicultural arts organizations and stimulate attendance at performances given by these organizations. This is what I mean by a critical, entry-level portal of multicultural arts audiences. I base this evaluation on audience surveys I collected from this organization while working for the California Arts Council.
Grand Performances

http://www.grandperformances.org/en/gp/homepage.html

Evidence of Impact

R
Grand Performances is a critical, entry-level performance site for both new and well-connected arts audiences interested in discovering new, multicultural arts organizations and performance. Not only do they support a variety of Southern California arts organizations, but also they annually bring in the best dance and music organizations the world has to offer. The performances Grand Performances finds and sponsors are free to the attending audiences, and therefore they frequently bring in many new audience members who normally can't afford to see these performances in other venues. If the individuals who attend get on Grand Performances mailing lists, these lists frequently continue to influence further involvement in other local and internationally focused multicultural arts organizations and stimulate attendance at performances given by these organizations. This is what I mean by a critical, entry-level portal of multicultural arts audiences. I base this evaluation on audience surveys I collected from this organization while working for the California Arts Council.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have stability in both staff and leadership, which means they have a good organizational memory, an excellent sense of mission, and an understanding of what works and what doesn't. There is not a lot of nonprofit arts infrastructure in Los Angeles. Grand Performances plays a significant role in lending information and a helping hand to organizations that ask for guidance. Michael Alexander is the long-time inspirational leader for this organization and wears many hats in working to build the arts in both Los Angeles and through statewide arts agencies.

Areas for Improvement

R
If they had greater resources, I would suggest that they expand their performance sponsorship to other performance sites and other audiences. This is not a new idea for them, but they lack the resources both in staffing and the ability to pay for it.
Grantmakers in the Arts (1 recommendation) This is an association of national grant makers under new leadership by Janet Brown. It is a strong association of funders that are working to grow best practices and resources for arts funding across the country.
Grantmakers in the Arts

http://www.giarts.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
This is an association of national grant makers under new leadership by Janet Brown. It is a strong association of funders that are working to grow best practices and resources for arts funding across the country.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their current focus on issues of capacity and fundraising by nonprofit arts organizations is very interesting. Their partnership with both public and private arts funders is unique in the country.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve by developing an endowment or strategy for long-term resource development. They could also move their national conference to a conference attended by a larger numbers of folks from the current 400 attendees. Product at the conference is strong; there are just not the resources for the arts industry to attend without additional support.
Guthrie Theatre Foundation (1 recommendation) This is a high quality, professional regional theatre with a long tradition of excellence. The Guthrie also has an outstanding multi-state educational outreach.
Guthrie Theatre Foundation
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http://www.guthrietheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This is a high quality, professional regional theatre with a long tradition of excellence. The Guthrie also has an outstanding multi-state educational outreach.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have strong leadership, are mission guided, and have strong community support.
Hospital Audiences (1 recommendation) This is a time-tested organization with great reach.
Hospital Audiences
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http://www.hospitalaudiences.org/hai/index.htm

Evidence of Impact

N
This is a time-tested organization with great reach.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their some great staff members and their entrenched government support.

Areas for Improvement

N
They have ineffective branding (HAI?) and a sense of disconnect from potential support base.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (1 recommendation) The HVSF has one of the most magical settings anywhere in the world, on the grounds of a gorgeous estate overlooking the Hudson Highlands, the river, and West Point. An evening here is summer perfection - picnic, sunset, and Shakespeare. For theatre-lovers and families throughout the region, this may be the single best way to engage your children and yourselves in the endless delight of seeing Shakespeare performed live.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

http://hvshakespeare.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The HVSF has one of the most magical settings anywhere in the world, on the grounds of a gorgeous estate overlooking the Hudson Highlands, the river, and West Point. An evening here is summer perfection - picnic, sunset, and Shakespeare. For theatre-lovers and families throughout the region, this may be the single best way to engage your children and yourselves in the endless delight of seeing Shakespeare performed live.

Organizational Strengths

O
HVSF attracts a coterie of actors who return to the company season after season, where they become better Shakespearean scholars and performers. Many of these superb actors transform one's understanding of the Bard. Artistic Director Terry O'Brien has been good (if not great) at building a diverse company of minority actors. The staff, while small, is extremely dedicated; I have never been to HSVF without meeting one of their senior staff at a performance or event.

Areas for Improvement

O
Unfortunately, Terry O'Brien is himself a stage director whose skills are mediocre at best. The visiting directors often make innovative use of the magnificent setting and skilled company. O'Brien's productions are rarely—if ever—as satisfying as those staged by other directors.
Human Rights Campaign (1 recommendation) HRC's impact nationally on equal rights is significant.
Human Rights Campaign
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http://www.hrc.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
HRC's impact nationally on equal rights is significant.

Organizational Strengths

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As the largest gay rights organization in the nation, HRC touches every aspect of culture for gay citizens. In relationship to arts organizations, HRC has impact on every aspect of equality for arts employees.

Areas for Improvement

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HRC's focus on arts organizations could be stronger and more recognized.
Illinois Arts Council Foundation (1 recommendation) The Illinois Council for the Arts is the state agency that funds all arts activities in the State of Illinois and receives operational funding in part from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts).
Illinois Arts Council Foundation

http://www.arts.illinois.gov/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Illinois Council for the Arts is the state agency that funds all arts activities in the State of Illinois and receives operational funding in part from the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts).

Organizational Strengths

R
Their leadership is strong and composed of well-seasoned professionals who are extraordinarily well versed in state arts organizations and artists. Overall it is a very well run agency with a high degree of success.
Independent Sector (1 recommendation) It is very skilled at tracking a multitude of public policies, digesting that information, and making it available to members across the broader nonprofit sector. In addition to the Performing Arts Alliance, I rely on daily emails from IS to keep me informed. The emails are appropriate in style and length. It is rare that I read daily emails from any organization, but IS gets it right.
Independent Sector
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http://www.independentsector.org/

Evidence of Impact

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It is very skilled at tracking a multitude of public policies, digesting that information, and making it available to members across the broader nonprofit sector. In addition to the Performing Arts Alliance, I rely on daily emails from IS to keep me informed. The emails are appropriate in style and length. It is rare that I read daily emails from any organization, but IS gets it right.

Areas for Improvement

N
It is natural that IS briefings take place in Washington, D.C. It would, however, be wonderful if IS could offer occasional briefings in New York where I am sure there is a very large membership concentration.
Irvine Public Schools Foundation (1 recommendation) They provide support of local community arts as well as rural arts engagements. They have a commitment to underwriting publishable research, which helps the field at large.
Irvine Public Schools Foundation
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http://www.ipsf.net/

Evidence of Impact

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They provide support of local community arts as well as rural arts engagements. They have a commitment to underwriting publishable research, which helps the field at large.

Organizational Strengths

O
Irvine has really helped redefine what "the arts" means to average ordinary citizens and is building programs to build participation across California. Their support of public activities in LA has transformed the downtown spaces and made classical music fans out of atypical arts "consumers."

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by sharing their research more aggressively to impact other funders and build public will in support of the arts as a key quality of life component.
Jacob's Pillow Dance (1 recommendation) Jacob's Pillow has programs to support and encourage artists as well as ones for those aspiring to be dance artists.
Jacob's Pillow Dance
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http://www.jacobspillow.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Jacob's Pillow has programs to support and encourage artists as well as ones for those aspiring to be dance artists.

Organizational Strengths

N
Its location is very inspiring and different from the big city influences of New York, Boston, Chicago, etc.

Areas for Improvement

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Jacob's Pillow should consider going back to its roots of nurturing young dancers. In efforts to bring more free programming to the community, it has cut back on efforts to share more of the artistic process with audiences.
Juillard School (1 recommendation) This organization is a world leader in fine arts education.
Juillard School

http://www.juilliard.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization is a world leader in fine arts education.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their great institutional spirit and commitment to arts outreach.

Areas for Improvement

N
Tapping into the Juilliard "brand name" nationally and internationally – even via social business product(s) – could be a great addition to their platform and provide needed revenue.
Juxtaposition Arts (1 recommendation) This organization has reached a large number of youth, with an emphasis on African American youth ages nine to adult. By working within the north side community of Minneapolis, community building through the arts has increased.
Juxtaposition Arts

http://www.juxtaposition.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization has reached a large number of youth, with an emphasis on African American youth ages nine to adult. By working within the north side community of Minneapolis, community building through the arts has increased.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership of the organization continues to pursue their own leadership growth and that of the youth who have gone through the programs. Youth leadership is encouraged and nurtured.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by making a more intentional connection to school based programs.
Kayamanan Ng Lahi (1 recommendation) They are one of the best-organized ethnic dance organizations in the country. Not only do they provide extraordinarily high performance standards in their own presentation of Filipino dance traditions, but also they have worked tirelessly to help other dance organizations do the same. They have sponsored many Filipino dance organization conferences, and they regularly help collect and archive artistic material that will help preserve the multidimensional music and dance cultural world that is the Philippines.
Kayamanan Ng Lahi

http://www.kayamanan.org/Kayamanan_Ng_Lahi/index.html

Evidence of Impact

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They are one of the best-organized ethnic dance organizations in the country. Not only do they provide extraordinarily high performance standards in their own presentation of Filipino dance traditions, but also they have worked tirelessly to help other dance organizations do the same. They have sponsored many Filipino dance organization conferences, and they regularly help collect and archive artistic material that will help preserve the multidimensional music and dance cultural world that is the Philippines.

Organizational Strengths

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They are a wonderful example of how to run an emerging nonprofit arts organization with strong community ties. Joel and Ave Jacinto are regularly available to other arts organizations and to city, county, and state agencies to help provide guidance for how a nonprofit arts organization can both survive and flourish.
Kohler Foundation Inc (1 recommendation) This foundation offers an unmatched opportunity for artists in residence to do collaborative research with the latest technology. It also places the artist next to the day-to-day worker in the industry, offering an unparalleled learning situation.
Kohler Foundation Inc

http://www.kohlerfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This foundation offers an unmatched opportunity for artists in residence to do collaborative research with the latest technology. It also places the artist next to the day-to-day worker in the industry, offering an unparalleled learning situation.

Organizational Strengths

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This organization has great facilities, staff, and marketing.
Kresge Foundation (1 recommendation) They continue to support innovative ideas and research in the field of the arts.
Kresge Foundation

http://www.kresge.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They continue to support innovative ideas and research in the field of the arts.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their operations, finances, and marketing!

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by continuing to reach out to those areas that are more remote or less visible in terms of region and mission.
Kronos Quartet (1 recommendation) They redefined international string quartet repertory in the 20th and 21st century, ensuring its preservation through recordings, publication (in part), and extensive touring. They have expanded concert formats through lighting, sound design, and dress.
Kronos Quartet

http://www.kronosquartet.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They redefined international string quartet repertory in the 20th and 21st century, ensuring its preservation through recordings, publication (in part), and extensive touring. They have expanded concert formats through lighting, sound design, and dress.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their constant artistic quest to explore the new and redefine classical music as well as their consistent and efficient administrative leadership.

Areas for Improvement

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They will need to address artistic succession planning and archival legacy in the coming years.
Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies Inc (1 recommendation) LIMS has developed a certification system that allows one to observe movement, transcribe movement through symbol systems, and train others to read movement in life, work, and art. Dance educators are trained to be Certified Movement Analysts (CMA’s), and this brings a solid perspective to movement and dance education that is not often incorporated into the education or performance art. It allows analysts to read body language rather accurately of everyday people, politicians, etc. This has significant ramifications applicable to society.
Laban Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies Inc

http://www.limsonline.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
LIMS has developed a certification system that allows one to observe movement, transcribe movement through symbol systems, and train others to read movement in life, work, and art. Dance educators are trained to be Certified Movement Analysts (CMA’s), and this brings a solid perspective to movement and dance education that is not often incorporated into the education or performance art. It allows analysts to read body language rather accurately of everyday people, politicians, etc. This has significant ramifications applicable to society.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is that they provide regular training modules for others to study to become CMA’s.

Areas for Improvement

N
LIMS needs to build infrastructure within its organization so that it can expand into the corporate arena. Again, without money, it is difficult to offer competitive salaries needed to build and retain staff. Additionally, their training modules to become a CMA need marketing and dissemination.
Laxart (1 recommendation) This organization is showing significant work by artists concerned with the US-Mexico border region.
Laxart

http://www.laxart.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization is showing significant work by artists concerned with the US-Mexico border region.

Organizational Strengths

R
The executive director, Lauri Firstenberg, is willing to take risks with artist. LAXART is providing production assistance to the artists it shows.

Areas for Improvement

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The gallery could do more research on artists living outside of California and Mexico. It could also work on creating touring shows.
Le Poisson Rouge (1 recommendation) This is the most visible example of the strand in today's music-making, which—by bringing "serious" music to a club atmosphere and through its skill in attracting media attention—is beginning to transform the field of classical music, making it acceptable to young people who find its traditional forms of presentation alienating.
Le Poisson Rouge

http://lepoissonrouge.com/

Evidence of Impact

R
This is the most visible example of the strand in today's music-making, which—by bringing "serious" music to a club atmosphere and through its skill in attracting media attention—is beginning to transform the field of classical music, making it acceptable to young people who find its traditional forms of presentation alienating.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is above all their marketing; i.e., they are generally media-savvy.
Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund (1 recommendation) Their impact is their support of various jazz and new music programs and their high visibility.
Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund

http://www.wallacefoundation.org/KnowledgeCenter/KnowledgeTopics/AreasOfContinuingInterest/Literacy/Pages/LWRDWritersAwards.aspx

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is their support of various jazz and new music programs and their high visibility.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (1 recommendation) They have a profound commitment to professional development for educators, focusing on detailed experience of specific artworks. Their key focus is on cultivating imagination, inquiry, and understanding.
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

http://new.lincolncenter.org/live/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have a profound commitment to professional development for educators, focusing on detailed experience of specific artworks. Their key focus is on cultivating imagination, inquiry, and understanding.

Organizational Strengths

N
They have superb leadership and commitment to the development of highly qualified teaching artists, with national and international outreach to educators from all disciplines. They have strong management and stable finances, and are great strategic thinkers.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could continue to reach out of New York City to regional partners and colleagues.
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (1 recommendation) LMDA is a volunteer-run service organization for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs, focusing on the U.S. and Canada. They have established fee criteria, helped define what literary managers and dramaturgs "do" to the field, advocate for playwrights, and are responsible for the high number of literary positions at theaters throughout the country (through the above mentioned activities).
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas

http://www.lmda.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
LMDA is a volunteer-run service organization for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs, focusing on the U.S. and Canada. They have established fee criteria, helped define what literary managers and dramaturgs "do" to the field, advocate for playwrights, and are responsible for the high number of literary positions at theaters throughout the country (through the above mentioned activities).

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization succeeds because they are small and volunteer-driven (i.e., the people who are there want to be there; they are committed to and passionate about the work and mission). Their membership is active and present. They provide a vital network for their members.

Areas for Improvement

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While I have tremendous respect for this organization, it's unclear to me what their priorities are now. They've brought literary managers and dramaturgs into the mainstream. They've successfully made a case why they should be paid positions and set fee standards. Now what? There is clearly a need for the organization, but what is the larger goal? Also, can the organization partner with sibling networks to build bridges between members? Literary managers and dramaturgs can get very insular within their institutions. How do you pro-actively break that habit?
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their extraordinary understanding of folk music as a vehicle for youth development and community building. They have superb artistic quality matched by a top educational model.
Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center

http://www.loscenzontles.com/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is through their extraordinary understanding of folk music as a vehicle for youth development and community building. They have superb artistic quality matched by a top educational model.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership is visionary, is out of the box, and is not your typical folksy approach to heritage, but instead is cutting edge, articulate, and sharp. Young people also came up through the ranks and share leadership throughout the organization.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their infrastructure building in terms of fundraising staff and educational curriculum specialists, and they could benefit from improvements to their physical space.
MACLA, Movimento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose Incorporated (1 recommendation) They have a coherent, visionary, and totally original take on the place of contemporary Latino aesthetics and creative work in the US and have a rare equilibrium of "high art" commitment with experimental work with community development. This is a tight, thoughtful packet that exceeds what is frequently assumed about so-called "community-based" organizations.
MACLA, Movimento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose Incorporated
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http://www.maclaarte.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have a coherent, visionary, and totally original take on the place of contemporary Latino aesthetics and creative work in the US and have a rare equilibrium of "high art" commitment with experimental work with community development. This is a tight, thoughtful packet that exceeds what is frequently assumed about so-called "community-based" organizations.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership in financial management practices and exemplary fundraising in and among new Latino donors, artists, and demographics. The organization operates VERY WELL at a scale appropriate for its mission; there is no rhetoric of "growth" for growth's sake, but instead they are grounded and smart, very smart.

Areas for Improvement

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They are currently exploring a major creative development project for the building it has occupied for 20 years and are looking at artists' live-work spaces, creative tax credits for low income housing, etc.
MN Spoken Word Association (1 recommendation) MNSWA staff has built a strong network of performing artists and teaching artists who work with all ages, who in turn work with youth. The impact reaches across multiple states.
MN Spoken Word Association

http://mnspokenword.wordpress.com/

Evidence of Impact

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MNSWA staff has built a strong network of performing artists and teaching artists who work with all ages, who in turn work with youth. The impact reaches across multiple states.

Organizational Strengths

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Their leadership and artistry are equally strong. Their marketing and social networking are also strengths of the organization.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by developing curriculum and residencies which address multiple learning styles of K-12 students.
Machine Project (1 recommendation) They are changing the way both large and small arts nonprofits think about programming and public interaction. Machine Project's interventions at LACMA and the Hammer Museum have become models for large institutions to be (however briefly) more transparent and more open to its immediate community. Smaller organizations around the country are also looking to the inventive, all encompassing public programming and exhibitions that Machine is offering year round.
Machine Project
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http://machineproject.com/

Evidence of Impact

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They are changing the way both large and small arts nonprofits think about programming and public interaction. Machine Project's interventions at LACMA and the Hammer Museum have become models for large institutions to be (however briefly) more transparent and more open to its immediate community. Smaller organizations around the country are also looking to the inventive, all encompassing public programming and exhibitions that Machine is offering year round.

Organizational Strengths

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Mark Allen, in his role as the director of Machine Project, has brought an expansive view of the role an organization can play in a cultural landscape. He also is a generous collaborator, working with a talented team of staff, volunteers, and artists to achieve the most dynamic programming in Los Angeles.

Areas for Improvement

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Already the organization makes smart use of technology and is improving its digital asset management system to make the events and program available to larger audiences.
Macphail Center for Music (1 recommendation) This is one of the top community schools in the country, and they are leading the field in multiple levels.
Macphail Center for Music
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http://www.macphail.org/index_flash.html

Evidence of Impact

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This is one of the top community schools in the country, and they are leading the field in multiple levels.

Organizational Strengths

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They have excellent leadership!

Areas for Improvement

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They could perhaps connect to arts universities nation-wide.
Manchester Bidwell Corporation (1 recommendation) This organization is a replicable model that brings arts and entrepreneurship around the arts to low-income youth. Manchester Craftsman's Guild has been a huge success both in the numbers of youth it has trained and employed, but also in the recognition they have received, such as Grammy awards for work from their music studios.
Manchester Bidwell Corporation
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http://www.manchesterbidwell.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization is a replicable model that brings arts and entrepreneurship around the arts to low-income youth. Manchester Craftsman's Guild has been a huge success both in the numbers of youth it has trained and employed, but also in the recognition they have received, such as Grammy awards for work from their music studios.

Organizational Strengths

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They have a remarkable, charismatic leader, Bill Strickland. He is a very inspiring thinker, on the cutting edge of rethinking both the nonprofit model (hybrid, entrepreneurial for-profit and nonprofit) and also the model for economic and cultural development as tools to tackle poverty.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve their succession planning. Who will take over after Bill?
Manchester Craftsmens Guild (1 recommendation) MCG Jazz preserves, presents, and promotes jazz and is a robust and enterprising division of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, which educates and inspires youth through the arts. MCG Jazz has a strong and growing national, regional, and local presence as well as numerous partnerships throughout the country, which they have leveraged to build the Jazz is Life brand (a series of activities demonstrating the role of jazz in nurturing creativity and the theory of jazz as an international language). These efforts culminated in a proclamation by the Conference of Mayors declaring April 9, 2010 as Jazz Day in America.
Manchester Craftsmens Guild
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http://www.manchesterguild.org/

Evidence of Impact

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MCG Jazz preserves, presents, and promotes jazz and is a robust and enterprising division of Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, which educates and inspires youth through the arts. MCG Jazz has a strong and growing national, regional, and local presence as well as numerous partnerships throughout the country, which they have leveraged to build the Jazz is Life brand (a series of activities demonstrating the role of jazz in nurturing creativity and the theory of jazz as an international language). These efforts culminated in a proclamation by the Conference of Mayors declaring April 9, 2010 as Jazz Day in America.

Organizational Strengths

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MCG Jazz’s leadership is enterprising and engaged in research-based findings to grow and refine their operations and services. Their profitability has improved in recent years.

Areas for Improvement

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As is the case with the best managed nonprofits, MCG Jazz will need to continue to be mindful about the relationship between their mission, organizational capacity, and capital structure and then make strategic adjustments accordingly.
Mark Morris Dance Group (1 recommendation) This organization has impact through its consistent, high quality work; it is a great school program.
Mark Morris Dance Group
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http://markmorrisdancegroup.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has impact through its consistent, high quality work; it is a great school program.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their leadership with Mark Morris as Artistic Director and Nancy Umanoff as Executive Director; they have many years of consistent quality.

Areas for Improvement

N
They probably need more help to promote the excellent work of the company.
Meet The Composer (1 recommendation) Meet the Composer stands out as a national service organization that gets funding to individual artists, or composers in its case. The organization really does put money, not just technical assistance and networking services, but money, real money into the hands of composers, thereby furthering the development of new music in our time.
Meet The Composer
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http://www.meetthecomposer.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Meet the Composer stands out as a national service organization that gets funding to individual artists, or composers in its case. The organization really does put money, not just technical assistance and networking services, but money, real money into the hands of composers, thereby furthering the development of new music in our time.

Organizational Strengths

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Over the past decade, Meet the Composer has probably been the most creative and entrepreneurial of the service organizations that work with non-institutional fields. Its ability to involve individual donors with commissioning is unmatched. It's been remarkably successful in building an endowment to support its programs.

Areas for Improvement

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It's understaffed, a problem that limits its ability to engage more people with commissioning. It has not developed a truly national patrons board, which is a resource that would make it potentially even more effective.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (1 recommendation) Their leadership and musicians are really questioning and acting upon what they can be to their community.
Memphis Symphony Orchestra

http://www.memphissymphony.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their leadership and musicians are really questioning and acting upon what they can be to their community.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership of administration, board, and musicians seem to not be resting upon their recent community connection and engagement successes, but instead are constantly scanning, meeting, and refining their strategies. Their musicians are curious, open to learning, and trusting of "management."

Areas for Improvement

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I'm sure they could increase the liquidity of their balance sheet, as they are an orchestra, even though all of their musician contracts are not full time. If they could bring the same openness to this structural dilemma as to their community relevance and engagement work, I'm sure they'll find a meaningful, flexible, and trusting solution.
Mendocino Film Festival (1 recommendation) It's the only film festival on the north coast beyond the Bay Area and attracts a sizeable audience for alternative films but struggles financially.
Mendocino Film Festival

http://www.mendocinofilmfestival.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
It's the only film festival on the north coast beyond the Bay Area and attracts a sizeable audience for alternative films but struggles financially.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have great organizational structure with superb attention to detail. They manage the festival in four different venues (none of which is a traditional film theater), garner massive community support, and select outstanding films for screening from around the world.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by attracting a younger audience; they need more outreach to high school through early the early thirties age group (a demographic that often leaves the area due to the lack of an economic base that can support them). They could also improve by employing one or more individuals on a paid, year round basis to minimize the hardships of relying entirely on a volunteer, but highly professional staff (most volunteers are executives in other areas).
Merit School of Music (1 recommendation) This program, as I understand it, serves children in the city of Chicago and offers their programs based on merit, i.e., at no cost.
Merit School of Music

http://www.meritmusic.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This program, as I understand it, serves children in the city of Chicago and offers their programs based on merit, i.e., at no cost.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their excellent leadership.

Areas for Improvement

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The Merit School should be connected and supported by major arts colleges nationwide.
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum (1 recommendation) This organization has grown from a community program to become the premiere national Latino arts group. It has helped to elevate the work of Latino visual artists, and has made a tremendous economic impact on its neighborhood as it draws visitors. The museum has also been an incubator for other Latino groups; i.e., it works with theater and dance companies, does interesting cross-cultural collaborations, and its leadership is always represented at public gatherings to keep the issues that impact its institution and its constituency at the forefront.
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum

http://www.nationalmuseumofmexicanart.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This organization has grown from a community program to become the premiere national Latino arts group. It has helped to elevate the work of Latino visual artists, and has made a tremendous economic impact on its neighborhood as it draws visitors. The museum has also been an incubator for other Latino groups; i.e., it works with theater and dance companies, does interesting cross-cultural collaborations, and its leadership is always represented at public gatherings to keep the issues that impact its institution and its constituency at the forefront.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is that they are highly accessible; they are one of the few cultural institutions (of its size) to still have free admission. They have consistent communications, have high quality programming, have involved leadership that really reaches out to its community, have not overextended their financial abilities, and have a strong board of diverse business and civic leaders.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to work on a leadership succession plan. The founder is a strong driving force, but to my knowledge, there is no succession plan in place.
Miami Light Project (1 recommendation) Their impact is their support for local artists and connection with the national field.
Miami Light Project

http://www.miamilightproject.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their impact is their support for local artists and connection with the national field.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leadership and vision are the strengths. They are one of the only arts organizations consistently commissioning and presenting local Miami artists. They make a huge impact by this and are now embarking on a multi-tenant arts space that will serve local artists in expanded ways.

Areas for Improvement

N
They need a good fundraiser to help them execute their vision by bringing in sponsorships that can support more staffing, etc.
Mid-America Arts Alliance (1 recommendation) Their impact is training of small museum professionals.
Mid-America Arts Alliance
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http://www.maaa.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/t1.asp?docid=514&DocName=HOME

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is training of small museum professionals.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their leadership and working in a multi-state environment.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to re-focus their mission and not attempt to do all things, but instead specialize in visual arts and museum professional development.
Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company (1 recommendation) Their impact is their high quality productions.
Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company
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http://electrictemple.net/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is their high quality productions.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership and staff have been inspirational and very innovative in connecting with audiences.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by garnering more support nationally.
Momenta Art (1 recommendation) They have impact through innovative, original programming from a nonprofit contemporary arts center in New York City. Despite the intense limitation of funding for such organizations, the founder Eric Heist has nevertheless sustained excellent, well-reviewed programming for a decade.
Momenta Art

http://www.momentaart.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through innovative, original programming from a nonprofit contemporary arts center in New York City. Despite the intense limitation of funding for such organizations, the founder Eric Heist has nevertheless sustained excellent, well-reviewed programming for a decade.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have high-level professional and creative programming despite financial limitations and strong press attention on a national and international level.
Movement Research (1 recommendation) MR is the longest running (and one of the only) organizations in the United States entirely focused on supporting dance artists’ creative process. Their work has helped put research and development in dance on the map and has provided vital resources to dance artists that are all too rare.
Movement Research
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http://www.movementresearch.org/

Evidence of Impact

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MR is the longest running (and one of the only) organizations in the United States entirely focused on supporting dance artists’ creative process. Their work has helped put research and development in dance on the map and has provided vital resources to dance artists that are all too rare.

Organizational Strengths

O
MR has a cohesive staff and board and is fiscally sound, which is rare for an organization that is grounded in a commitment to experimentation.

Areas for Improvement

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MR could improve its marketing, and it may be useful to streamline its programs in an effort to go deeper in critical areas.
Museum Loan Network (1 recommendation) MLN is making thousands of art works available to museums across the nation, and thereby enabling them to exhibit a large range of works and develop better exhibitions.
Museum Loan Network

http://dl.lib.brown.edu/mln/

Evidence of Impact

O
MLN is making thousands of art works available to museums across the nation, and thereby enabling them to exhibit a large range of works and develop better exhibitions.

Organizational Strengths

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Because the organization is web-based, it operates very efficiently.
Museum of Contemporary Art (1 recommendation) This is a unique institution that is presenting great programs and exists as accessible and responsive. My students all feel very at home there and are not intimidated by art after going there.
Museum of Contemporary Art
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http://www.mcachicago.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This is a unique institution that is presenting great programs and exists as accessible and responsive. My students all feel very at home there and are not intimidated by art after going there.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their curation and marketing seem strong there, as well as their fund development.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve with more effective and substantive programs in support of artists and students. They have the product and context but could do much more to connect more deeply with artists and future artists around this existing situation; more visible and public curators would be a start.
Museum of Modern Art (1 recommendation) They have impact through their deep attention to a wide variety of audiences from teens, to Alzheimer's patients, to the disabled and through their strong leadership.
Museum of Modern Art
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http://www.moma.org/

Evidence of Impact

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They have impact through their deep attention to a wide variety of audiences from teens, to Alzheimer's patients, to the disabled and through their strong leadership.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strengths are their excellent development, fundraising, and real understanding of the educational mission of the museum.

Areas for Improvement

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They could improve by rethinking their relationship with MoMA PS1.
Music Educators National Conference (1 recommendation) They have impact through continuing to have powerful support of educators, both new and experienced, and advocacy for the art of music as a powerful learning tool.
Music Educators National Conference
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http://www.menc.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through continuing to have powerful support of educators, both new and experienced, and advocacy for the art of music as a powerful learning tool.

Organizational Strengths

R
They serve as a clearinghouse for new ideas and strategies of teaching through their professional journals and their publications.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need to hear the voices of studio music teachers and to connect to the powerful contributions that these teachers make. More focus is needed on inner-city music programs and non-traditional (for example, artists in residence) work.
National Alliance for Musical Theatre (1 recommendation) Founded over 25 years ago, NAMT is now the pipeline of information between over 130 professional and educational theaters across the country.
National Alliance for Musical Theatre
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http://www.namt.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Founded over 25 years ago, NAMT is now the pipeline of information between over 130 professional and educational theaters across the country.

Organizational Strengths

O
Dedicated producers from member organizations keep this nonprofit functioning well.

Areas for Improvement

O
As with most nonprofits, NAMT needs more funds to hire better staff.
National Alliance of Media Arts Centers Inc (1 recommendation) The National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) is devoted to the support of independent media arts organizations and artists. It works to advance the media arts through convenings, research, professional development opportunities, and advocacy. Its members include community-based media production centers and facilities, university-based programs, youth media programs, community access television, media presenters and exhibitors, film festivals and archives, and other related enterprises. In combination, NAMAC's members comprise about 400,000 artists and other media professionals. NAMAC's work strengthens these constituencies through all of its services, but is particularly important in its advocacy and public policy work in areas of cultural, intellectual property, and telecommunication policy issues that are usually not addressed by arts advocacy groups. NAMAC's advocacy is principally on the federal level, but it also organizes regional and local advocacy initiatives.
National Alliance of Media Arts Centers Inc

http://www.namac.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The National Alliance of Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) is devoted to the support of independent media arts organizations and artists. It works to advance the media arts through convenings, research, professional development opportunities, and advocacy. Its members include community-based media production centers and facilities, university-based programs, youth media programs, community access television, media presenters and exhibitors, film festivals and archives, and other related enterprises. In combination, NAMAC's members comprise about 400,000 artists and other media professionals. NAMAC's work strengthens these constituencies through all of its services, but is particularly important in its advocacy and public policy work in areas of cultural, intellectual property, and telecommunication policy issues that are usually not addressed by arts advocacy groups. NAMAC's advocacy is principally on the federal level, but it also organizes regional and local advocacy initiatives.

Organizational Strengths

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NAMAC benefits from having two co-directors who are equally knowledgeable and effective as leaders and, as co-directors, are able to provide a leadership voice in various forums across the country and cover more ground doing so than if there were just one executive director, particularly given the small staff. NAMAC has a national board that is diverse in a way that well represents the diversity of the field NAMAC comprises.

Areas for Improvement

F
As a national organization representing an underappreciated art form, NAMAC has trouble diversifying its contributed revenue sources.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (1 recommendation) They represent the needs of the fifty-six state and territorial arts councils.
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
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http://www.nasaa-arts.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They represent the needs of the fifty-six state and territorial arts councils.

Organizational Strengths

R
Its founder, Jonathan Katz, has been in continuous leadership of this organization.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with better dissemination of their research findings and support for academic research.
National Association of Media Arts Centers (1 recommendation) National Association of Media Arts Centers has been a banner supporter of media arts, but in terms of impact, it has recently made significant and important efforts to support leadership in the nonprofit arts sector through offering training and support activities. This is incredibly forward thinking and much needed.
National Association of Media Arts Centers

http://www.namac.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
National Association of Media Arts Centers has been a banner supporter of media arts, but in terms of impact, it has recently made significant and important efforts to support leadership in the nonprofit arts sector through offering training and support activities. This is incredibly forward thinking and much needed.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their leadership, abilities to network organizations in a productive manner, and resourcefulness.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve by broadening the scope and reach of current activities to a larger arts and culture field. Also, they could have follow-through on activities beyond the initial stages.
National Association of Teachers of Singing (1 recommendation) NATS has a worldwide impact through its programs and partnerships, promoting excellence in the teaching of singing. With a relatively new executive director, membership growth has exceeded projections. This organization has a large impact with a lean staff and has made huge strides in the use of technology.
National Association of Teachers of Singing

http://www.nats.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
NATS has a worldwide impact through its programs and partnerships, promoting excellence in the teaching of singing. With a relatively new executive director, membership growth has exceeded projections. This organization has a large impact with a lean staff and has made huge strides in the use of technology.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership from elected officers and a desire to significantly impact the profession and broaden its membership specifically to teachers of jazz and rock singing styles.

Areas for Improvement

R
While its finances are strong, this nonprofit struggles to implement significant new initiatives due to the ability to finance them. It needs to work on a longer-term strategic plan.
National Black Programming Consortium (1 recommendation) NBPC is a leading organization in a national movement to transform public broadcasting into public media—that is, to extend the impact of a problematic static and station-based public television system to the interactive digital landscape.
National Black Programming Consortium

http://nbpc.tv/

Evidence of Impact

N
NBPC is a leading organization in a national movement to transform public broadcasting into public media—that is, to extend the impact of a problematic static and station-based public television system to the interactive digital landscape.

Organizational Strengths

N
The strengths of the organization start with a smart young staff and a brilliant, visionary executive director, Jacquie Jones.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use help with a business plan that would chart out a sustainable model that doesn't rely so completely on public funding.
National Council for the Traditional Arts (1 recommendation) The National Council for the Traditional Arts is a 75-year-old organization that produces and presents folk and traditional artists. They annually produce the National Folk Festival, and this festival moves around the country, with a 3-year tenure in any given city. The idea is that the festival then will spawn a locally produced and funded festival following a three-year stint. This successful model has led to ongoing festivals that act as economic as well as cultural engines in cities such as Lowell, MA; East Lansing, MI; Bangor, ME; Richmond, VA; and currently Butte, MT.
National Council for the Traditional Arts

http://www.ncta.net/

Evidence of Impact

F
The National Council for the Traditional Arts is a 75-year-old organization that produces and presents folk and traditional artists. They annually produce the National Folk Festival, and this festival moves around the country, with a 3-year tenure in any given city. The idea is that the festival then will spawn a locally produced and funded festival following a three-year stint. This successful model has led to ongoing festivals that act as economic as well as cultural engines in cities such as Lowell, MA; East Lansing, MI; Bangor, ME; Richmond, VA; and currently Butte, MT.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have a long track record of responsible leadership and a proven ability to collaborate with local communities in developing and maintaining folk arts programming.

Areas for Improvement

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The organization could probably benefit from board development. Reliance on programmatic support year to year does not allow the organization the fiscal security that it might have were it to secure a reasonably sized endowment or a rainy day fund.
National Dance Project (1 recommendation) The National Dance Project (NDP) funds the creation of new dance works and then supports the touring of these dances.
National Dance Project
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http://www.nefa.org/grants_services/national_dance_project

Evidence of Impact

O
The National Dance Project (NDP) funds the creation of new dance works and then supports the touring of these dances.

Organizational Strengths

O
The strength is in its ability to fund new work year after year.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve with MORE MONEY so that more artists can be funded! There's just not enough to go around. We're all fighting for the same scraps here...
National Endowment for the Humanities (1 recommendation) They have impact through funding of projects based upon quality of proposal and staff assistance and feedback. Their impact is the quality of programming supported and interaction with the staff.
National Endowment for the Humanities

http://www.neh.gov/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through funding of projects based upon quality of proposal and staff assistance and feedback. Their impact is the quality of programming supported and interaction with the staff.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are definitely the staff availability and assistance. They have a courteous and helpful staff as well as consistent organization.

Areas for Improvement

R
Other than additional funding, the NEH appears to be more committed to grassroots funding than NEA (National Endowment for the Arts).
National Music Council (1 recommendation) The National Music Council is chartered by Congress and works to advocate for music and music education.
National Music Council

http://www.musiccouncil.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The National Music Council is chartered by Congress and works to advocate for music and music education.

Organizational Strengths

N
Leaders from many arts organizations come together to make up the board of the National Music Council, creating an excellent forum for collaboration.

Areas for Improvement

N
With more resources more advocacy efforts could be initiated.
National Performing Arts Convention (1 recommendation) NPAC is a collaboration across all disciplines of performing arts that has recently begun connecting artists of all kinds by allowing them to meet in person, meet virtually, and share resources. The new release of their website, www.nationalperformingartsconvention.org, provides a platform for artists to share and collaborate.
National Performing Arts Convention

http://www.performingartsconvention.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
NPAC is a collaboration across all disciplines of performing arts that has recently begun connecting artists of all kinds by allowing them to meet in person, meet virtually, and share resources. The new release of their website, www.nationalperformingartsconvention.org, provides a platform for artists to share and collaborate.

Organizational Strengths

N
The greatest asset NPAC has is the fact that it brings leaders from arts organizations from all disciplines to the same table. Their focus on education, advocacy, diversity, artists, and technology impacts the entire performing arts world.

Areas for Improvement

N
There is currently no staff for NPAC, and the time and effort being poured into the organization has been led by staff members of the participating collaborating organizations. With a dedicated staff, this organization could really take off.
Native American Public Telecommunications (1 recommendation) Native American Public Telecommunications produces, distributes, and promotes Native stories, seeing itself as a "curator" of Native voices in public media. Its constituencies include American Indians and Alaskan Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs as well as tribal nations, Indian organizations, and Native communities in general. It works to bring Native stories to a Native audience as well as to the broader public through public television and radio. Native American Public telecommunications works with Native producers to develop, produce, and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media and trains American Indians and Alaskan Natives in producing quality public broadcasting programs. Its work also includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaskan Natives. A key strategy for its work is developing strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations, and Native communities, with reaching the broader public being the ultimate goal in order to share Native perspectives. Native populations have few outlets to convey their perspectives and believe they are often misrepresented or ignored by mainstream media outlets.
Native American Public Telecommunications

http://www.nativetelecom.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Native American Public Telecommunications produces, distributes, and promotes Native stories, seeing itself as a "curator" of Native voices in public media. Its constituencies include American Indians and Alaskan Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs as well as tribal nations, Indian organizations, and Native communities in general. It works to bring Native stories to a Native audience as well as to the broader public through public television and radio. Native American Public telecommunications works with Native producers to develop, produce, and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media and trains American Indians and Alaskan Natives in producing quality public broadcasting programs. Its work also includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaskan Natives. A key strategy for its work is developing strong partnerships with tribal nations, Indian organizations, and Native communities, with reaching the broader public being the ultimate goal in order to share Native perspectives. Native populations have few outlets to convey their perspectives and believe they are often misrepresented or ignored by mainstream media outlets.

Organizational Strengths

F
Native American Public Telecommunications has a diverse staff and board composed of Native and non-Native people, reflecting its devotion to Native populations while still striving to reach a larger population. Strong partnerships are key to its success.

Areas for Improvement

F
Native American Public Telecommunications needs more depth in its base of producers. Its focus on professional development is intended to broaden that pool and try to move Native producers more into the mainstream, which has had only limited success thus far.
Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation (1 recommendation) The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation exists to guard and preserve the heritage, beauty, and grace of a uniquely American art form, the spiritual arranged for solo voice and piano. To achieve this goal they focus on cultural development by reaching out to provide opportunities for learning to young people, to music professionals, and to the public.
Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation

http://www.negrospiritual.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation exists to guard and preserve the heritage, beauty, and grace of a uniquely American art form, the spiritual arranged for solo voice and piano. To achieve this goal they focus on cultural development by reaching out to provide opportunities for learning to young people, to music professionals, and to the public.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a dedicated staff and a community invested in their continued existence in Orlando.

Areas for Improvement

R
I would like to see the organization expand their mission and add more educational and professional development workshops.
Network of Ensemble Theaters (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their effective network of grassroots theaters operating with a lean network structure.
Network of Ensemble Theaters

http://ensembletheaters.net/

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is through their effective network of grassroots theaters operating with a lean network structure.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strengths are their board of grassroots leaders, their resourcefulness, and their work that addresses needs in the field.

Areas for Improvement

O
There is a lack of sustainable funding, and they need to have more of a voice at the policy table.
New England Conservatory of Music (1 recommendation) New England Conservatory (NEC) has taken the lead among the major conservatories and schools of music in charting the education of music professionals for the future. It is the United States headquarters for the effective and popular El Sistema, the method of engaging young people in music performance, and has instituted an entrepreneurship program in its curriculum. It is the oldest conservatory in America, and yet is leading the way in 21st century music education.
New England Conservatory of Music

http://www.necmusic.edu/

Evidence of Impact

N
New England Conservatory (NEC) has taken the lead among the major conservatories and schools of music in charting the education of music professionals for the future. It is the United States headquarters for the effective and popular El Sistema, the method of engaging young people in music performance, and has instituted an entrepreneurship program in its curriculum. It is the oldest conservatory in America, and yet is leading the way in 21st century music education.

Organizational Strengths

N
Its president, Tony Woodcock, is not resting on the school's history. He is looking at today's problems and issues and tackling them systematically, not only in terms of the education the school provides, but also in terms of modernizing the campus and necessary equipment.

Areas for Improvement

N
It does not have the name recognition that Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music enjoy. This may be because it is located in Boston, a more conservative city. NEC could be more assertive about its marketing and promotion so that more students who are interested in getting a first-rate education would know about the school.
New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas (1 recommendation) The element that distinguishes this festival from others of its kind is its desire to make connections between performances that ticket buyers are already familiar with and art forms that might be new and different. Their marketing materials make associations between and among performances so that a dance lover might become interested in classical music or jazz.
New Haven International Festival of Arts & Ideas
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http://www.artidea.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The element that distinguishes this festival from others of its kind is its desire to make connections between performances that ticket buyers are already familiar with and art forms that might be new and different. Their marketing materials make associations between and among performances so that a dance lover might become interested in classical music or jazz.

Organizational Strengths

N
It has dynamic leadership both administratively and artistically. While many of its performances take place on the Yale campus, which is not an artistically underserved community, it also reaches out to the entire New Haven area, which is not at the same economic level as is the university.
New World School of the Arts (1 recommendation) I am familiar with their jazz program, which is top-notch!
New World School of the Arts

http://nwsa.mdc.edu/splash.html

Evidence of Impact

R
I am familiar with their jazz program, which is top-notch!

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their excellent leadership and faculty.
New York Foundation For The Arts (1 recommendation) In recent years, NYFA has acted as an amazing aggregator of high quality information for artists and arts administrators around the country. The organization provides a variety of services to artists, but through the sharing of resources and information, NYFA has become indispensable to the field.
New York Foundation For The Arts
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http://www.nyfa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
In recent years, NYFA has acted as an amazing aggregator of high quality information for artists and arts administrators around the country. The organization provides a variety of services to artists, but through the sharing of resources and information, NYFA has become indispensable to the field.

Organizational Strengths

N
The wide variety of services offered to artists is a huge bonus for NYFA; it's almost a one-stop shop. If an artist needs help, NYFA will probably be able to find the way to help that person. That kind of programmatic diversity is rare. Additionally, NYFA's staff is active, intelligent, and deeply engaged.

Areas for Improvement

N
NYFA has recently been going through some restructuring changes, and I believe the organization could use help with leadership, strengthening financial management, and board relationships.
New York Women in Film & Television (1 recommendation) Women once felt oppressed by the male dominance of the film field. NYWIF constantly reminds us through their events, awards, and efficiency that women do succeed and can succeed as leaders in the media.
New York Women in Film & Television

http://www.nywift.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Women once felt oppressed by the male dominance of the film field. NYWIF constantly reminds us through their events, awards, and efficiency that women do succeed and can succeed as leaders in the media.

Organizational Strengths

N
NYWIF covers all bases of needs and support for its members through its website and its consistent warmth and professionalism.
North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents (1 recommendation) The board of NAPAMA is comprised of artist managers and presenters who are deep in the trenches of the performing arts industry. They speak from a place of deep knowledge regarding the daily challenges the industry faces.
North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents

http://www.napama.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
The board of NAPAMA is comprised of artist managers and presenters who are deep in the trenches of the performing arts industry. They speak from a place of deep knowledge regarding the daily challenges the industry faces.

Organizational Strengths

O
Their strength is leadership. The all-volunteer board leads the field in hands-on, professional development courses and workshops.

Areas for Improvement

O
NAPAMA could certainly us a full-time administrator to take care of the endless pieces...
Oakland Museum of California Foundation (1 recommendation) As OMCA redesigned its art galleries, it disrupted many of its assumptions about who is their audience, about how the audience is "allowed" to engage and interact with art, and then put the evaluation of their assumptions before their concerns and expectations about museum staff structures and operations.
Oakland Museum of California Foundation
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http://museumca.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
As OMCA redesigned its art galleries, it disrupted many of its assumptions about who is their audience, about how the audience is "allowed" to engage and interact with art, and then put the evaluation of their assumptions before their concerns and expectations about museum staff structures and operations.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership in Lori Fogarty (ED), Rene de Guzman (Curator), and Barbara Henry (Education). They are quietly and consistently willing to question their expectations and beliefs; they are willing to enroll their colleagues from completely different departments, roles, and volunteers; and they have been careful to design their training as the galleries reopened this spring.

Areas for Improvement

N
Improvement is an area that they are very, very aware of and working on; they are embedding their leadership team's innovative, adaptive spirit and questioning into all levels of the institution, which is made especially complex, as they are a triple museum (art, history, sciences) and part governmental, part nonprofit.
Oberlin Dance Collective (1 recommendation) Their impact is their essential platform for the development and presentation of dance in SF Bay Area; ODC's residency, teaching, and presenting programs are key to the continued vitality of this region's dance community.
Oberlin Dance Collective
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http://www. odcdance. org

Evidence of Impact

O
Their impact is their essential platform for the development and presentation of dance in SF Bay Area; ODC's residency, teaching, and presenting programs are key to the continued vitality of this region's dance community.

Organizational Strengths

O
ODC/SF is truly artist led; the core player is the resident dance company and its artistic leadership. ODC creates a dramaturgical environment for choreographers and their work, providing both qualitative and quantitative support that is truly effective and meaningful.

Areas for Improvement

O
They could improve with more focus on criteria for artists’ participation in their programs and greater emphasis on multiregional opportunities.
Opera Boston (1 recommendation) Opera Boston is just 8 (or so) years old, but the excellence of its innovative productions have garnered the attention of the New York Times, Opera News, and Wall Street Journal. Boston has two opera companies; Boston Lyric Opera presents lavish productions of traditional operas and is loosing audience. Opera Boston presents beautifully, but less expensively produced premieres, contemporary operas, and rarely heard works of well known composers, and it is selling out nearly all its shows.
Opera Boston

http://www.operaboston.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Opera Boston is just 8 (or so) years old, but the excellence of its innovative productions have garnered the attention of the New York Times, Opera News, and Wall Street Journal. Boston has two opera companies; Boston Lyric Opera presents lavish productions of traditional operas and is loosing audience. Opera Boston presents beautifully, but less expensively produced premieres, contemporary operas, and rarely heard works of well known composers, and it is selling out nearly all its shows.

Organizational Strengths

F
The music director, Gil Rose, deserves special mention. He is also the founding artistic director of Boston Modern Orchestra Project, which presents 20th and 21st century orchestral music.

Areas for Improvement

F
Opera Boston is financially well managed, but it does not have a cash reserve. I think that this is largely a decision of the board, which is wealthy, generous, and doesn't see the point, but management needs the flexibility and security of a cash reserve.
Oregon Bach Festival (1 recommendation) They have a history of exceptional music programming.
Oregon Bach Festival

http://www.oregonbachfestival.com/home/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have a history of exceptional music programming.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their artistic vision and mission.
Our Time Theatre Company (1 recommendation) This is a theatre for children and youth who stutter, founded by Taro Alexander, a stutterer. Taro grew up in a theater family and learned early on that when reciting lines in a play he didn't stutter. He developed Our Time to provide kids like him with an opportunity to write their own stories and feelings and communicate in ways many of them can't begin to do without the benefit of the theatrical framework provided by Taro. This is one of the most amazing theaters I have even seen.
Our Time Theatre Company

http://www.ourtimestutter.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This is a theatre for children and youth who stutter, founded by Taro Alexander, a stutterer. Taro grew up in a theater family and learned early on that when reciting lines in a play he didn't stutter. He developed Our Time to provide kids like him with an opportunity to write their own stories and feelings and communicate in ways many of them can't begin to do without the benefit of the theatrical framework provided by Taro. This is one of the most amazing theaters I have even seen.
Out North (1 recommendation) They have strong community collaboration and commitment.
Out North

http://www.outnorth.org/Welcome.html

Evidence of Impact

N
They have strong community collaboration and commitment.

Organizational Strengths

N
The leadership has been strong with a focus on expanding awareness of the organization nationally.

Areas for Improvement

N
Continual leadership is needed.
Park Avenue Armory (1 recommendation) Their impact is providing the availability of a performance space of formidable size of a kind NYC has not previously possessed (most other US cities also not) and allowing the presentation of the large-scale adventurous productions that have been for decades so notably a feature of Europe in particular (but also Australia).
Park Avenue Armory
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http://www.armoryonpark.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is providing the availability of a performance space of formidable size of a kind NYC has not previously possessed (most other US cities also not) and allowing the presentation of the large-scale adventurous productions that have been for decades so notably a feature of Europe in particular (but also Australia).

Organizational Strengths

R
Its main strength is its geographical position, allied to the physical size of the main (Drill) hall, coupled with an eccentric architectural character.

Areas for Improvement

R
There is little sign so far of a willingness to embrace presenting themselves, rather than renting or lending their space to others like the Lincoln Center Festival; however, to do that they would need skilled and experienced artistic direction.
Penland School of Crafts (1 recommendation) They have an international reputation for developing intensive workshops and crossing multiple assumptions about the difference between art and craft. The school is open to students regardless of prior background, yet it has the capacity to inspire experienced artists as well.
Penland School of Crafts

http://www.penland.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have an international reputation for developing intensive workshops and crossing multiple assumptions about the difference between art and craft. The school is open to students regardless of prior background, yet it has the capacity to inspire experienced artists as well.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their clarity and focus of mission, with excellent leadership working to maximize the potential of its programs. They also have strong operations and fundraising capacity.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by telling more of the stories that Penland creates, particularly for outside the arts and culture network.
Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (1 recommendation) Penn PAT strengthens the touring careers of artists in Pennsylvania by supporting their touring fees in the 7 Mid-Atlantic States. Presenters apply to Penn PAT to bring artists on the Penn PAT roster to their venue, and if their application is accepted 30-50% of the fee is covered by Penn PAT. This attracts an additional 1 -2 million annually from out of state presenters into the pockets of Pennsylvania artists, and in doing so, it allows for the development of careers that extend well beyond the borders of the program.
Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour

http://www.pennpat.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Penn PAT strengthens the touring careers of artists in Pennsylvania by supporting their touring fees in the 7 Mid-Atlantic States. Presenters apply to Penn PAT to bring artists on the Penn PAT roster to their venue, and if their application is accepted 30-50% of the fee is covered by Penn PAT. This attracts an additional 1 -2 million annually from out of state presenters into the pockets of Pennsylvania artists, and in doing so, it allows for the development of careers that extend well beyond the borders of the program.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership of the organization, Katie West, is extremely knowledgeable about the field of touring, and the organization manages its finances with great skill.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization could explain its economic impact more clearly to non-arts funders and expand its funding base within the arts community.
Percussive Arts Society (1 recommendation) This is a worldwide organization that unites performers in the percussive arts and nourishes the worldwide dialogue and exchange of music that is unique to each culture, while supporting the music of the host culture.
Percussive Arts Society

http://www.pas.org/index.aspx

Evidence of Impact

R
This is a worldwide organization that unites performers in the percussive arts and nourishes the worldwide dialogue and exchange of music that is unique to each culture, while supporting the music of the host culture.

Organizational Strengths

R
National Convention PASIC has worldwide participation and usually an attendance of 8,000 individuals. It is a "one stop location" for creating networks that lead to sharing of both the performance and education aspects of the art.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization needs to listen to the voices of their women members more. They need to embrace fundraising and development strategies and develop a full program.
Performing Arts Alliance (1 recommendation) They have impact through strong advocacy in federal issues, especially National Endowment for the Arts funding and Visa policy.
Performing Arts Alliance

http://theperformingartsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=paa_home_page

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through strong advocacy in federal issues, especially National Endowment for the Arts funding and Visa policy.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership is made up of top performing arts service organizations, including mine, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. They have strong financials and a very small paid staff. They work well with support of government affairs staff from service organizations.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could use more infrastructure, and they need a strategic plan for solid growth.
Perpich Center for Arts Education Foundation (1 recommendation) They have created regional networks to discuss the studio habits of mind such that more people have been able to use the habits to improve their own practice.
Perpich Center for Arts Education Foundation

http://www.mcae.k12.mn.us/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have created regional networks to discuss the studio habits of mind such that more people have been able to use the habits to improve their own practice.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their leadership is wise. Their focus is on learning more than on advocacy. I respect their integrity.
Photographic Resource Center (1 recommendation) They offer multiple levels of support for emerging and established artists.
Photographic Resource Center
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http://www.bu.edu/prc/

Evidence of Impact

R
They offer multiple levels of support for emerging and established artists.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization has a great history and is highly regarded nationally in the field.

Areas for Improvement

R
They need financial stability.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers (1 recommendation) PF has a long track record of educating filmmakers. Originally established by filmmakers, for filmmakers, it now also runs two art house film theaters in the city and in-house theater. There are few places like it in the country. Its courses are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), and students from local universities can take them for credit.
Pittsburgh Filmmakers
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http://pghfilmmakers.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
PF has a long track record of educating filmmakers. Originally established by filmmakers, for filmmakers, it now also runs two art house film theaters in the city and in-house theater. There are few places like it in the country. Its courses are accredited by NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design), and students from local universities can take them for credit.

Organizational Strengths

R
Its director has been in place for about 17 years. Three years ago it merged with another organization, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, which although arts based, had a similar mission, with an emphasis upon education and artist-run organizations. This has led to economies of scale and sharing of high-level skills. The director has the confidence and ear of the foundation community.

Areas for Improvement

R
It needs to grow and to be responsive to fast-changing industry realities and new technologies. It is hard to know how this would happen without serious capital investment and investment in new programs and people. It has an atmosphere that is a little 'old hippie,’ which is fine for many of the artists, but can be a little excluding or seem unprofessional sometimes.
Playhouse Square Foundation (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their number of productions a year; their rentals of at least five theatres; their dance studio for the community; their education programs for children; and their outreach.
Playhouse Square Foundation
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http://www.playhousesquare.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is through their number of productions a year; their rentals of at least five theatres; their dance studio for the community; their education programs for children; and their outreach.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is the leadership from top to bottom, especially in the presenting area and education. I would also add development office as a strength.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with more program money for international projects with community outreach emphasis.
Playwrights Center (1 recommendation) The impact is providing theaters with new works by playwrights thereby spreading their work to multiple communities.
Playwrights Center

http://www.pwcenter.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The impact is providing theaters with new works by playwrights thereby spreading their work to multiple communities.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership of this organization has been very strong; however, the executive director was just hired away. The organization is also on relatively strong financial footing.

Areas for Improvement

F
The hiring process for the new executive director has been slow. The board could speed up the process so that the staff doesn’t feel like it is left without a leader.
Plymouth Friends of the Arts (1 recommendation) The Friends of the Arts is ideally situated to serve a broad constituency in the state of New Hampshire. There are few cultural organizations of this scope north of Boston and even fewer north of Manchester, NH. The Friends of the Arts has widely varied programming that serves all age groups, from retirees to schoolchildren, but focuses on youth that would otherwise not have access to the arts, either in practice or as appreciators. They bring and offer high-caliber, cosmopolitan arts programming to an insulated, mostly-rural region of the country.
Plymouth Friends of the Arts

http://www.friends-of-the-arts.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
The Friends of the Arts is ideally situated to serve a broad constituency in the state of New Hampshire. There are few cultural organizations of this scope north of Boston and even fewer north of Manchester, NH. The Friends of the Arts has widely varied programming that serves all age groups, from retirees to schoolchildren, but focuses on youth that would otherwise not have access to the arts, either in practice or as appreciators. They bring and offer high-caliber, cosmopolitan arts programming to an insulated, mostly-rural region of the country.

Organizational Strengths

R
Friends of the Arts serves a large region of the state and operates on an extremely modest budget thanks to the dedication and sacrifice of staff and volunteers. The organization (partially) fills a void left in the educational experience of children who find themselves without an arts curriculum due to school budget. Their lean operational budget is truly impressive, as they cycle the limited dollars made available to them (largely through local donations) back into materials and programming, generating a vibrant micro-economy for area artists and educators.

Areas for Improvement

R
For some, the Friends of the Arts is difficult to distinguish from Plymouth State University's (Silver) Cultural Arts Center, in which it shares office space. In other words, the organization is hosted by the university. They would benefit from an off-campus office space that is more easily discernible from PSU. In addition, the office space is small, with room for only 1-2 staff. It is difficult for the community to recognize the "face" of the organization because the staff members work largely from their homes.
Pregones Theater (1 recommendation) Their impact is their effective community engagement, international collaborations, and creation of ensemble work.
Pregones Theater
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http://www.pregones.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Their impact is their effective community engagement, international collaborations, and creation of ensemble work.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are consistent leadership and strong community presence.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with development of an individual donor base and board development.
Project Row Houses (1 recommendation) This is probably one of the most significant artist-generated community development projects in the world! It started as a public art project designed to rejuvenate a decaying urban community and has grown to be a major inspiration for how arts can mobilize people to take back their community. It is also a study in how to derail gentrification in urban neighborhoods for the good of the low-income people who inhabit these neighborhoods. By forming strong alliances with community groups, churches, educational institutions, and cultural workers, PRH has built a community model that has been used to motivate similar projects both in the USA and abroad. This project breathed new life into the phrase "All Power to the People!”
Project Row Houses
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http://projectrowhouses.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This is probably one of the most significant artist-generated community development projects in the world! It started as a public art project designed to rejuvenate a decaying urban community and has grown to be a major inspiration for how arts can mobilize people to take back their community. It is also a study in how to derail gentrification in urban neighborhoods for the good of the low-income people who inhabit these neighborhoods. By forming strong alliances with community groups, churches, educational institutions, and cultural workers, PRH has built a community model that has been used to motivate similar projects both in the USA and abroad. This project breathed new life into the phrase "All Power to the People!”

Organizational Strengths

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The PRH staff has experienced several changes over its 15-year history, with each successive executive director bringing more wisdom and experience to the organization. Its current executive director, Linda Shearer, has excellent leadership skills as well as community organizing skills. The founder and chairman, Rick Lowe, remains actively involved in raising funds for the organization as well as providing visionary input for ways that the organization can continue to grow and expand the community’s role in its own development. PRH is fiscally lean and mean and keeps its administrative overhead in check, spending the bulk of its money to commission artists to create work that engages the Third Ward community in which it sits and developing low-income housing opportunities for its citizens along with attendant services, such as child care collectives, urban gardens, and after school programs.

Areas for Improvement

N
I am hard-pressed to find things PRH needs to improve, but then I am not intimately familiar with its inner workings. I know that there are still people in Houston who are not aware of its work, so possibly more work on public relations could be done.
Project Zero (1 recommendation) Project Zero is the most important arts nonprofit in the US and possibly the world. It has survived for 43 years and has conducted and published more seminal studies on arts learning, theory, education, creativity, development, and cognition than every other entity that I know of combined. Since 1996, it has held annual summer institutes attended by 350 educators nationally and internationally -- it is always sold out. Its researchers are in high demand as consultants around the globe.
Project Zero

http://www.pz.harvard.edu/index.cfm

Evidence of Impact

R
Project Zero is the most important arts nonprofit in the US and possibly the world. It has survived for 43 years and has conducted and published more seminal studies on arts learning, theory, education, creativity, development, and cognition than every other entity that I know of combined. Since 1996, it has held annual summer institutes attended by 350 educators nationally and internationally -- it is always sold out. Its researchers are in high demand as consultants around the globe.

Organizational Strengths

R
The organization has survived four changes in leadership and continues to develop rigorous minds who lead the field in arts education. They are respected by everyone in the field and have contributed a high proportion of the rigorous work in art education.

Areas for Improvement

R
The organization is unstable because it is not endowed and survives on grant funding exclusively. As a result, the intellectual capital developed is often lost because of gaps in funding.
REDCAT (1 recommendation) Their adventurous, rigorous, and multidisciplinary programming has a national influence.
REDCAT

http://www.redcat.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Their adventurous, rigorous, and multidisciplinary programming has a national influence.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strength is their commitment to an artist's vision and to engaging a diverse audience.
Raw Art Works (1 recommendation) Raw Art Works’ primary impact is on the lives of the youth it serves. Its broader impact is in its pioneering evaluation methods that help it track the impact of its arts training and therapeutic youth development work on each child. The organization is currently working with a cohort of about 8 other Boston-area youth organizations to teach and expand its methods. As a model program, it is poised to take its learning to a larger arena.
Raw Art Works
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http://www.rawart.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
Raw Art Works’ primary impact is on the lives of the youth it serves. Its broader impact is in its pioneering evaluation methods that help it track the impact of its arts training and therapeutic youth development work on each child. The organization is currently working with a cohort of about 8 other Boston-area youth organizations to teach and expand its methods. As a model program, it is poised to take its learning to a larger arena.

Organizational Strengths

F
The two founders, Mary Flannery and Kit Jenkins, are dedicated to providing high quality visual arts instruction, not dumbed-down arts therapy. All instructors have their own arts practice as well as therapeutic training. It is financially well managed; it owns its building, debt-free.

Areas for Improvement

F
They are currently struggling to pay and provide benefits for staff commensurate with their contributions to the organization and population served.
Red Eye Theater (1 recommendation) As a small organization, Red Eye theater provides a venue to feature new work, nurtures emerging artists, and has a very strong arts education outreach component which is building capacity for teaching artists and educators in multiple states to bring strong arts integration and literacy strategies into K-12 classrooms.
Red Eye Theater

http://www.redeyetheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
As a small organization, Red Eye theater provides a venue to feature new work, nurtures emerging artists, and has a very strong arts education outreach component which is building capacity for teaching artists and educators in multiple states to bring strong arts integration and literacy strategies into K-12 classrooms.

Organizational Strengths

R
With a small staff, they have formed important and strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals to sustain and grow the professional and educational aspects of the organization. They continue to test and develop effective tools for collaborative work and share with others in the field.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve by developing strategies to reach a more diverse audience and by incorporating more work around issues of equity into the education outreach and programming.
Regional Arts & Culture Council (1 recommendation) Their impact is their breadth of services and their focus on the mission. They are professionally managed.
Regional Arts & Culture Council
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http://www.racc.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is their breadth of services and their focus on the mission. They are professionally managed.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their executive director and staff.
Ringling International Arts Festival (1 recommendation) This new festival brings together contemporary performing artists from around the world, on the grounds of a world-class museum with three adjacent theatres. The programming is selected by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the festival is presented in partnership with the Ringling Museum of Art and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Three world premiers of exciting new work occur each year, with dozens of other performances by emerging and major artists in dance, theatre, and music from around the world.
Ringling International Arts Festival

http://www.ringlingartsfestival.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
This new festival brings together contemporary performing artists from around the world, on the grounds of a world-class museum with three adjacent theatres. The programming is selected by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the festival is presented in partnership with the Ringling Museum of Art and the Asolo Repertory Theatre. Three world premiers of exciting new work occur each year, with dozens of other performances by emerging and major artists in dance, theatre, and music from around the world.

Organizational Strengths

R
The festival is dedicated to bringing a new focus on contemporary work. The partnership among several arts organizations (Ringling Museum, Asolo Rep, and Baryshnikov Arts Center) is a great model for how such new initiatives can be started even in today's difficult economic climate.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with better visibility throughout the nation and abroad, dedicated staff for the festival, and dedicated fundraisers for the festival.
Rooftop Films (1 recommendation) Brooklyn based Rooftop Film Festival has created opportunities for hundreds of low budget independent film makers to present their work before audiences throughout New York City, and as they've grown over their 15 year history they've also launched funds to provide grants to filmmakers, partnered with schools to teach videography, and done tremendous work to make seeing a movie by someone you've never heard of before in a park or on a roof an essential part of a New York summer.
Rooftop Films

http://www.rooftopfilms.com/

Evidence of Impact

F
Brooklyn based Rooftop Film Festival has created opportunities for hundreds of low budget independent film makers to present their work before audiences throughout New York City, and as they've grown over their 15 year history they've also launched funds to provide grants to filmmakers, partnered with schools to teach videography, and done tremendous work to make seeing a movie by someone you've never heard of before in a park or on a roof an essential part of a New York summer.

Organizational Strengths

F
The integrity of the founder and leaders is unassailable. From the beginning they have taken a very inclusive, democratic approach to garnering submissions (without submission fees) and to giving guest curators a free hand in lining up unique and high quality programming. By building around a base of filmmakers who feel that Rooftop respects (rather than exploits) them, they've grown steadily into the year round, well capitalized, and still very humble and down to earth organization they've become.

Areas for Improvement

F
My perception is that Rooftop will continue to wrestle with the competing pressures on it to grow in too many directions at once. It now runs multiple lines of programming, but I suspect it is under capitalized. Also, the leadership of its founders is both an asset but also a liability, and I don't know if it has built in a succession plan or recruited potential new leaders to take over once Mark and Dan move on, although maybe they never will!
SFJAZZ (1 recommendation) As a presenter, SF Jazz is eclectic, is forward thinking, and has elevated the national jazz conversation. Its all-star band, composed of different musicians each year, gives the musicians creative freedom and gives the audiences an opportunity to hear the best of the best.
SFJAZZ
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http://www.sfjazz.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
As a presenter, SF Jazz is eclectic, is forward thinking, and has elevated the national jazz conversation. Its all-star band, composed of different musicians each year, gives the musicians creative freedom and gives the audiences an opportunity to hear the best of the best.

Organizational Strengths

N
It is extremely hard to keep a jazz organization solvent, let alone flourishing. SF Jazz has charted its own course for over 25 years. Randall Kline, its founder and chief executive, always has artists at the core of his decision-making. Audiences benefit from this care and creative vision.
SPACES (1 recommendation) Like other organizations on my list, SPACES has served as an anchor for arts and creative culture in a city that has struggled economically due to the decline in manufacturing. SPACES’ greatest value to Cleveland is the national and international quality programming and exhibits it brings to its galleries. The contemporary art exhibits at SPACES fill obvious gaps in the programming of larger institutions, such as the more conservative Cleveland Museum of Art.
SPACES

http://www.spacesgallery.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Like other organizations on my list, SPACES has served as an anchor for arts and creative culture in a city that has struggled economically due to the decline in manufacturing. SPACES’ greatest value to Cleveland is the national and international quality programming and exhibits it brings to its galleries. The contemporary art exhibits at SPACES fill obvious gaps in the programming of larger institutions, such as the more conservative Cleveland Museum of Art.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strength is their devoted volunteer population that is readily mobilized to assist visiting artists with the installation of their work; i.e., a community of K-12 teachers who utilize the gallery as an educational resource for their students and as a venue for the display of projects created in the classroom.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with more resources available to visiting artists (i.e, those that travel from out of state to install their work) and more shared programming and collaboration with area educators.
SPARC (1 recommendation) They have impact through bringing communities of all nationalities to create murals and art projects.
SPARC
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http://www.sparconline.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact through bringing communities of all nationalities to create murals and art projects.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their collaboration with the university and their grounded facility and venue.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve by being open more for all people to attend.
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University (1 recommendation) This organization connects researchers and students from a variety of disciplines on campus to organizations in the city and the region. They put an emphasis both on promotion of ecological awareness raised as well as current art and technology developments in the arts.
STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University

http://www.cmu.edu/studio/

Evidence of Impact

R
This organization connects researchers and students from a variety of disciplines on campus to organizations in the city and the region. They put an emphasis both on promotion of ecological awareness raised as well as current art and technology developments in the arts.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a strong leader with a vision and a long-standing staff that do a lot with a little. Again, they offer important interdisciplinary links for education as well as great community connections.

Areas for Improvement

R
They are always short of funding, which is problematic in the arts; they could raise a national and international profile.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society (1 recommendation) This organization has created a successful model for 21st century chamber orchestra; it is highly collaborative with strong institutional input from its musicians, which is an innovative artistic partners model that is not dependent on a single music director. It successfully engages with its communities by moving out of its home concert hall and into alternative venues with low ticket prices and has a focus on patron development via lowering ticket prices and valuing households rather than butts in seats. It is also fiscally responsible.
Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society

http://www.thespco.org/email_signup.asp

Evidence of Impact

F
This organization has created a successful model for 21st century chamber orchestra; it is highly collaborative with strong institutional input from its musicians, which is an innovative artistic partners model that is not dependent on a single music director. It successfully engages with its communities by moving out of its home concert hall and into alternative venues with low ticket prices and has a focus on patron development via lowering ticket prices and valuing households rather than butts in seats. It is also fiscally responsible.

Organizational Strengths

F
Their strengths are their collaborative leadership model (artistic and administrative), strong musician input, and willingness to take difficult steps to insure fiscal responsibility while remaining artistically vibrant. They are also collaborative with other cultural partners in the Twin Cities.

Areas for Improvement

F
They could improve by working to improve the "Americanness" of its profile to be less Euro-centric and with more supportive of American composers and artists. They could work to achieve a stronger national and international reputation through touring and recording.
San Francisco Symphony (1 recommendation) No organization has done more in recent years to enlarge and deepen the audience for symphonic music. Their superbly intelligent programming has been matched by a similarly high-level effort of informing and educating the audience. This is arts education at its best; they are never condescending, never more than a little demanding, and always deliver with passion.
San Francisco Symphony

http://www.sfsymphony.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
No organization has done more in recent years to enlarge and deepen the audience for symphonic music. Their superbly intelligent programming has been matched by a similarly high-level effort of informing and educating the audience. This is arts education at its best; they are never condescending, never more than a little demanding, and always deliver with passion.

Organizational Strengths

F
Michael Tilson Thomas is both a superb conductor and the most brilliant of symphonic music's current array of explainers.

Areas for Improvement

F
In this rare case, I think that improvement in relation to impact needs to come from the outside; the arts community needs to pay greater attention to the organization's successes. It should be welcomed and celebrated when it tours, and arts executives should spend time with the symphony, learning in detail about its successes.
Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy (1 recommendation) SAPPA introduces basic musical skills into communities (primarily African American and Latino communities) with little or no music education opportunities and focuses on at-risk youth who are often not able to afford formal music training.
Scholarship Audition Performance Preparatory Academy
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http://www.sappa.net/

Evidence of Impact

F
SAPPA introduces basic musical skills into communities (primarily African American and Latino communities) with little or no music education opportunities and focuses on at-risk youth who are often not able to afford formal music training.

Organizational Strengths

F
The leadership and musicians at SAPPA are exemplary. The organization is nimble, nomadic, lean, and fiscally sound.

Areas for Improvement

F
The founder-directed organization could benefit from having permanent paid staff and a succession plan to insure its continued success in the future.
Second Generation (1 recommendation) 2g develops the next generation of Asian American playwrights. In the past three years, 2g has been responsible for supporting three Asian American playwrights whose works received full productions: Michael Golamco (YEAR ZERO, Second Stage, NY); Lloyd Suh (AMERICAN HWANGAP, produced at the Magic in San Francisco, Ma-Yi/Play Co. in NY, and Tanghalang Pilipino in the Philippines through Lark Play Development Center’s “Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative” supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation); and Ray Pamatmat (2g).
Second Generation

http://www.2g.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
2g develops the next generation of Asian American playwrights. In the past three years, 2g has been responsible for supporting three Asian American playwrights whose works received full productions: Michael Golamco (YEAR ZERO, Second Stage, NY); Lloyd Suh (AMERICAN HWANGAP, produced at the Magic in San Francisco, Ma-Yi/Play Co. in NY, and Tanghalang Pilipino in the Philippines through Lark Play Development Center’s “Launching New Plays into the Repertoire Initiative” supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation); and Ray Pamatmat (2g).

Organizational Strengths

N
2g is adept at getting a large segment of the Asian American theatre community to support new playwrights. For their latest anniversary (their 13th), they presented 13 new 10-minute plays by 13 playwrights and successfully organized a cast of 20 Asian American actors for three performances. They keep their ticket prices very low, often making readings and performances free of charge, encouraging the next generation of audiences to become involved in theatre as well.

Areas for Improvement

N
Some stability in its artistic leadership would be helpful to the organization. While its strength is in supporting a very broad base of Asian American theatre artists, perhaps it might be helpful to narrow the base a bit to focus attention and resources more effectively.
Silk Road Theatre Project (1 recommendation) They were organized in response to 9/11 and are the first theater company to present works by playwrights specifically from Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean backgrounds. They held the first Chicago Asian American Theater Festival in 2004.
Silk Road Theatre Project
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http://www.srtp.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They were organized in response to 9/11 and are the first theater company to present works by playwrights specifically from Asian, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean backgrounds. They held the first Chicago Asian American Theater Festival in 2004.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their growth is impressive. In two years, they established their office, moving from the founders' apartment to their official space. They are firmly rooted in their mission, a creative response to a terrorist attack.
Social and Public Art Resource Center (1 recommendation) SPARC is the longtime support center for the creation and maintenance of Community focused Public Art in LA County. They are specifically committed to giving a voice to individuals in the community who don't normally identify as "artists" (e.g., young "taggers" and graffiti posses); they help train and redirect these emergent artists in public mural and aerosol art techniques that create hundreds of new murals in the Los Angeles area. They are committed to giving artistic voice to people from under-served communities that don't normally identify as artists and to help support cross-cultural communication through public art displays.
Social and Public Art Resource Center
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http://www.sparcmurals.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
SPARC is the longtime support center for the creation and maintenance of Community focused Public Art in LA County. They are specifically committed to giving a voice to individuals in the community who don't normally identify as "artists" (e.g., young "taggers" and graffiti posses); they help train and redirect these emergent artists in public mural and aerosol art techniques that create hundreds of new murals in the Los Angeles area. They are committed to giving artistic voice to people from under-served communities that don't normally identify as artists and to help support cross-cultural communication through public art displays.

Organizational Strengths

R
As with many ethnic arts organizations in the Los Angeles area, they are not well funded, but the spirit and determination of their staff and the continued input from founding artist Judy Baca have helped establish the political and social impact of community public art murals throughout the world. Their focus is not simply the creation of new public murals, but also the use of those murals to help build community both within and between ethnic neighborhoods, and ultimately for the international community.
Sojourn Theatre (1 recommendation) With innovation in integrating art (theater) and civic dialogue, Sojourn makes theater that starts conversation between people who don't usually talk to or listen to one another in intentional and successful ways. Projects in Lima, OH dealing with race and leadership were so effective that the company was invited back to devise and implement a theater-based dialogue opportunity for high school students to express themselves after a serious racial incident; in Portland, OR they created a play to assist with dialogue within visionPDX, the city's planning initiative; BUILT is a dance and theater platform for discussing issues around the BUILT environment, lifestyle, and the choices we make; and On the Table invites participants to explore the rural and urban divide. Sojourn's commitment to community development exists alongside an equally strong commitment to vital and ever-evolving artistry. Through training programs run independently and through community residencies, Sojourn's work demonstrates and transmits high standards for risk-taking and exploration in art making, along with strong and innovative community engagement strategies. Artistic Director Michael Rohd published Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue, which is used as a text internationally.
Sojourn Theatre

http://www.sojourntheatre.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
With innovation in integrating art (theater) and civic dialogue, Sojourn makes theater that starts conversation between people who don't usually talk to or listen to one another in intentional and successful ways. Projects in Lima, OH dealing with race and leadership were so effective that the company was invited back to devise and implement a theater-based dialogue opportunity for high school students to express themselves after a serious racial incident; in Portland, OR they created a play to assist with dialogue within visionPDX, the city's planning initiative; BUILT is a dance and theater platform for discussing issues around the BUILT environment, lifestyle, and the choices we make; and On the Table invites participants to explore the rural and urban divide. Sojourn's commitment to community development exists alongside an equally strong commitment to vital and ever-evolving artistry. Through training programs run independently and through community residencies, Sojourn's work demonstrates and transmits high standards for risk-taking and exploration in art making, along with strong and innovative community engagement strategies. Artistic Director Michael Rohd published Theatre for Community, Conflict and Dialogue, which is used as a text internationally.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are their dedication to research, evolving methodology, their ability to work in scale (up or down), mix of media, sense of design, kinetic and visual aesthetics, leadership vision, flexible organizational structure, and fluent ability to work cross sector.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could deepen the leadership bench for community residencies and further develop a leadership model for sustainability.
Sphinx Organization (1 recommendation) This organization has given encouragement and training to talented Latino and African American classical musicians and has provided invaluable exposure to many musicians of color.
Sphinx Organization
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http://www.sphinxmusic.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This organization has given encouragement and training to talented Latino and African American classical musicians and has provided invaluable exposure to many musicians of color.

Organizational Strengths

N
The organization has grown to include activities and presence across the country, and it has partnered with top symphony orchestras and other presenters.
Spoleto Festival USA (1 recommendation) The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC brings top-shelf international artists to the South, and many American works have premiered there.
Spoleto Festival USA
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http://www.spoletousa.org/home/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC brings top-shelf international artists to the South, and many American works have premiered there.

Organizational Strengths

N
It is a very challenging time to finance a multi-week festival, yet the operating and artistic leadership makes sound business decisions without compromising quality. Even in a down economy, the show still goes on.

Areas for Improvement

N
I love the "Why I Support..." donor profiles on the website. I would like to see more!
St. Ann's Warehouse (1 recommendation) They have impact because they are artistically so authentic, searching, surprising, and boundary-less in introducing and presenting moving, provocative performance art to the NYC public.
St. Ann's Warehouse

http://www.stannswarehouse.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
They have impact because they are artistically so authentic, searching, surprising, and boundary-less in introducing and presenting moving, provocative performance art to the NYC public.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their strengths are artistic curation and being able to connect their artistic sensibility to an audience that is hungry, curious, and available for the right kind of show.
St. Elmo Village (1 recommendation) The impact of St. Elmo's Village has been to stabilize a neighborhood rife with gang crime and limited community resources. They also offer free art classes to youth and jobs and affordable live-work studio space for artists of color.
St. Elmo Village

http://www.stelmovillage.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The impact of St. Elmo's Village has been to stabilize a neighborhood rife with gang crime and limited community resources. They also offer free art classes to youth and jobs and affordable live-work studio space for artists of color.

Organizational Strengths

F
St. Elmos Village owns and manages a suite of bungalows and apartments along one city street in Los Angeles. The staff is led by a husband and wife team committed to the community. They operate on a tight budget and are fiscally sound.

Areas for Improvement

F
This organization is founder-led and could also benefit from having paid staff and a succession plan for how to operate when the husband and wife team will have to step down.
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (1 recommendation) The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, now 13 years old, is a five-month curriculum fostering successful partnerships among artists of all disciplines, social workers, educators, and community activists with the goal of creating relevant arts programs particularly in underserved community settings, such as neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and after-school programs. To date, about 155 CAT graduates are living, working, creating, and collaborating in the St. Louis area. The following is a sampling of initiatives where CAT alums have been integrally involved in creating, enhancing, or expanding community arts programming: Arts CollaboARTive is a program that works with the clients of the Peter & Paul Community Services, a transitional housing program, to document through art their personal journeys from homelessness to independent living; South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children (SCOSAG) is a program that provides a safe and educational environment for children to explore the arts and also to strengthen the ties within the St. Louis neighborhood, its families, and its youth; Arts Programs at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center is an opportunity for the center's young residents to participate in hands-on art workshops such as African drumming, leather crafting, hip hop poetry, and circus performance; and Project Common Ground is a consortium of Community Health-in-Partnership Services, Metro Theater, and Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma that brings together refugee teens from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Bosnia with African-American teens to explore their similarities and differences through artistic expression. The Community Arts Training Institute (CAT) and the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) hosted the inaugural “At the Crossroads: A Community Arts & Development Convening” from March 25 – 27, 2010 in St. Louis. Over 150 practitioners and their partners in arts based community development programs and collaborations convened for hands-on workshops, panels, presentations, and provocative thinking. It was a very effective conference.
St. Louis Regional Arts Commission

http://www.art-stl.com/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute, now 13 years old, is a five-month curriculum fostering successful partnerships among artists of all disciplines, social workers, educators, and community activists with the goal of creating relevant arts programs particularly in underserved community settings, such as neighborhood organizations, social service agencies, and after-school programs. To date, about 155 CAT graduates are living, working, creating, and collaborating in the St. Louis area. The following is a sampling of initiatives where CAT alums have been integrally involved in creating, enhancing, or expanding community arts programming: Arts CollaboARTive is a program that works with the clients of the Peter & Paul Community Services, a transitional housing program, to document through art their personal journeys from homelessness to independent living; South City Open Studio and Gallery for Children (SCOSAG) is a program that provides a safe and educational environment for children to explore the arts and also to strengthen the ties within the St. Louis neighborhood, its families, and its youth; Arts Programs at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center is an opportunity for the center's young residents to participate in hands-on art workshops such as African drumming, leather crafting, hip hop poetry, and circus performance; and Project Common Ground is a consortium of Community Health-in-Partnership Services, Metro Theater, and Center for Survivors of Torture and War Trauma that brings together refugee teens from Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Bosnia with African-American teens to explore their similarities and differences through artistic expression. The Community Arts Training Institute (CAT) and the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) hosted the inaugural “At the Crossroads: A Community Arts & Development Convening” from March 25 – 27, 2010 in St. Louis. Over 150 practitioners and their partners in arts based community development programs and collaborations convened for hands-on workshops, panels, presentations, and provocative thinking. It was a very effective conference.

Organizational Strengths

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They have smart management and a grant program to support the projects developed by alumni. They also have excellent community knowledge and relations.

Areas for Improvement

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They could put more emphasis on tracking and measuring impacts and have better program documentation.
Steppenwolf Theater Co. (1 recommendation) This is one of the most exciting regional theaters operating today with high levels of artistic excellence and daring new work. Steppenwolf balances the desire to be known nationally with service to Chicago-area audiences.
Steppenwolf Theater Co.
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http://www.steppenwolf.org/

Evidence of Impact

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This is one of the most exciting regional theaters operating today with high levels of artistic excellence and daring new work. Steppenwolf balances the desire to be known nationally with service to Chicago-area audiences.

Organizational Strengths

N
Marketing at this organization is to be admired; sound financial decisions about development of real estate and intellectual property opportunities have seeded an ostensibly sustainable future for the company, which originated as a small ensemble.

Areas for Improvement

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Because of Chicago's highly segregated populations, it might be useful for Steppenwolf to consider how to expand its education programs to areas of the city with a more permanent presence in underserved neighborhoods.
Synetic Theater (1 recommendation) Synetic Theater in Washington, DC interprets Shakespeare through dance, movement, and music in ways that truly advance understanding of the meaning of the works. Shakespeare's plays are full of emotion, conflict, ethical questions, etc.—so many aspects of human experience that are not captured necessarily just through language. Synetic uses an "art of silence" technique that interprets other nonverbal dimensions of meaning. For those who are familiar or comfortable with Shakespeare, it's a rich new way to encounter a play. For those less familiar, Synetic's interpretive style makes the works incredibly accessible.
Synetic Theater

http://www.synetictheater.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Synetic Theater in Washington, DC interprets Shakespeare through dance, movement, and music in ways that truly advance understanding of the meaning of the works. Shakespeare's plays are full of emotion, conflict, ethical questions, etc.—so many aspects of human experience that are not captured necessarily just through language. Synetic uses an "art of silence" technique that interprets other nonverbal dimensions of meaning. For those who are familiar or comfortable with Shakespeare, it's a rich new way to encounter a play. For those less familiar, Synetic's interpretive style makes the works incredibly accessible.

Organizational Strengths

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Synetic's production values are very high. Also, the quality and innovation of the choreography is amazing.

Areas for Improvement

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I don't know anything about Synetic operationally. Their emails are a little unsophisticated, but they get great press. I've been to several performances without being solicited afterwards, which I actually like. However, their work is so powerful that fairly quick follow-up would probably garner donations and/or more ticket buyers.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc (1 recommendation) Their impact is through their incredibly diverse and broad (even experimental) funded institutions and projects, both large and small scale.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc

http://www.warholfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Their impact is through their incredibly diverse and broad (even experimental) funded institutions and projects, both large and small scale.

Organizational Strengths

R
Their strengths are their finances and funding process.
The Center for Cultural Innovation (1 recommendation) The organization is a vital business incubator for individual artists. Contemporary, university trained artists are not taught business skills or entrepreneurship during their formal education.
The Center for Cultural Innovation

http://www.cciarts.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
The organization is a vital business incubator for individual artists. Contemporary, university trained artists are not taught business skills or entrepreneurship during their formal education.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have visionary leadership, efficient operations, and excellent financing.

Areas for Improvement

F
The organization’s marketing is not creative enough to grab the attention of creative artists.
The Coleman Center for the Arts (1 recommendation) This is an amazing little nonprofit organization in a tiny little town of York, Alabama. They make an impact with rigorous residencies that connect artists to the community.
The Coleman Center for the Arts
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http://colemanarts.org/2005/index.php

Evidence of Impact

R
This is an amazing little nonprofit organization in a tiny little town of York, Alabama. They make an impact with rigorous residencies that connect artists to the community.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership and significant board presence, both that plan well, raise funds, and support artists in a nontraditional way.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with greater exposure and more funds for more programming.
The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy (1 recommendation) They make an impact through their publications and the leadership of Bill Ivey and Steven Tepper.
The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy

http://www.curbcentervanderbilt.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They make an impact through their publications and the leadership of Bill Ivey and Steven Tepper.
The Feminist Art Project (1 recommendation) They have strong leadership.
The Feminist Art Project

http://feministartproject.rutgers.edu/home/

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership.
The Henry Ford (1 recommendation) This museum and community gathering compound creates a living environment in which to experience culture and history; their work engages and encourages curiosity and learning. They encourage invention and innovation in people of all ages and all walks of life.
The Henry Ford
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http://www.thehenryford.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This museum and community gathering compound creates a living environment in which to experience culture and history; their work engages and encourages curiosity and learning. They encourage invention and innovation in people of all ages and all walks of life.

Organizational Strengths

N
Their leadership team is passionate, driven, and strategic; their finances are strong and balanced (earned/contributed).

Areas for Improvement

N
They could find more ways to extend their reach across the country.
The Institute for Women & Art (1 recommendation) They have strong leadership.
The Institute for Women & Art

http://iwa.rutgers.edu/home/

Organizational Strengths

R
They have strong leadership.
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (1 recommendation) They make an impact by advocating for net neutrality, with professional development activities for members, and by building a coalition of media makers.
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture

http://www.namac.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They make an impact by advocating for net neutrality, with professional development activities for members, and by building a coalition of media makers.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a strong vision, mission, and programs addressing the needs of the membership.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival (1 recommendation) This organization has impact through knowledge of its history and the development path of some of its more successful projects, which include the Pulitzer Prize, Broadway, and regional productions.
The New York Musical Theatre Festival
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http://www.nymf.org/nmtn.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
This organization has impact through knowledge of its history and the development path of some of its more successful projects, which include the Pulitzer Prize, Broadway, and regional productions.

Organizational Strengths

O
It operates with a balanced bottom line and has a dedicated staff and board.

Areas for Improvement

O
NYMF needs to develop a long-range plan to secure its future.
The Sanctuary for Independent Media (1 recommendation) They have a tremendous impact in the upstate region in particular. This is a relatively new organization and is very powerful locally in the upstate region, but is also now reaching out; they had students from Illinois do a spring break internship and just broadcasted a lecture on c-span.
The Sanctuary for Independent Media

http://www.mediasanctuary.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have a tremendous impact in the upstate region in particular. This is a relatively new organization and is very powerful locally in the upstate region, but is also now reaching out; they had students from Illinois do a spring break internship and just broadcasted a lecture on c-span.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have really brilliant programming that is deeply based in the local community but has a global vision.

Areas for Improvement

R
Again, they need support probably in most areas, i.e., building, equipment, staffing, etc.
Theatre Library Association (1 recommendation) Though lean in infrastructure by design, this communications arm does excellent outreach to the scholarly-librarian/archival community, and for a niche field, communications is the foundation for achieving goals. Further, they are open to collaboration, notably with Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Dance Heritage Coalition.
Theatre Library Association

http://www.tla-online.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
Though lean in infrastructure by design, this communications arm does excellent outreach to the scholarly-librarian/archival community, and for a niche field, communications is the foundation for achieving goals. Further, they are open to collaboration, notably with Association for Theatre in Higher Education and the Dance Heritage Coalition.

Organizational Strengths

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Their strength is leadership, leadership, leadership; this organization attracts the best in its officers (i.e., Kenneth Schlesinger - CUNY, Susan Brady - Yale, Beth Kerr - UT Austin, Nena Couch a former officer - OSU). These are movers and shakers on their campuses, in theatre and dance archives, among moving images preservation (an important sub-field for performing arts).

Areas for Improvement

N
I'd let them do what they are doing, just encourage them to do more.
The Performing Arts Alliance (1 recommendation) The Performing Arts Alliance is an important advocate for nonprofit performing arts organizations and artists. The Alliance advances specific legislative issues, with specific attention to the needs of producing and presenting arts organizations and artists. The legislative agenda is specific.
The Performing Arts Alliance

http://theperformingartsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=paa_home_page

Evidence of Impact

N
The Performing Arts Alliance is an important advocate for nonprofit performing arts organizations and artists. The Alliance advances specific legislative issues, with specific attention to the needs of producing and presenting arts organizations and artists. The legislative agenda is specific.

Organizational Strengths

N
The Performing Arts Alliance is an effective coalition with very little overhead. A staff of one person coordinates the work of a team of government affairs directors who are staff members of the primary national services organizations in the performing arts. It is a powerful and effective team effort.

Areas for Improvement

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The Alliance could use additional staff in order to deliver additional service as a coordinator of legislative activity. With additional staff, the Alliance could implement a media strategy that would complement and supplement advocacy and lobbying activities.
Trisha Brown Company (1 recommendation) Director and choreographer Trisha Brown continues to create phenomenal work that challenges audiences and stretches the boundaries of her art.
Trisha Brown Company

http://www.trishabrowncompany.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Director and choreographer Trisha Brown continues to create phenomenal work that challenges audiences and stretches the boundaries of her art.

Organizational Strengths

O
They're very well known, and Ms. Brown has been successful in extending her reach by collaborating with other companies, like the Paris Opera Ballet, and by working opera productions.

Areas for Improvement

O
They need to bring their work to a wider audience and to have more impact in the popular media.
True Colors Theatre Company (1 recommendation) This relatively young theater continues to produce culturally significant and extremely provocative work. It performs many of its pieces in a community arts center where it engages community in a variety of humanity activities.
True Colors Theatre Company
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http://www.truecolorstheatre.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This relatively young theater continues to produce culturally significant and extremely provocative work. It performs many of its pieces in a community arts center where it engages community in a variety of humanity activities.

Organizational Strengths

N
The artistic director is a nationally and internationally known figure who continues to use his celebrity to bring change to our world. He brings some of the most diverse communities together around thought provoking, issue-driven theater.

Areas for Improvement

N
The organization is constantly struggling to maintain a competent staff and an engaged board of directors.
Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation (1 recommendation) Choreographer Twyla Tharp is among the greatest dance makers alive today. She has had a profound effect on contemporary ballet and has reached a broad audience through her work on Broadway and in films.
Twyla Tharp Dance Foundation

http://www.twylatharp.org/

Evidence of Impact

O
Choreographer Twyla Tharp is among the greatest dance makers alive today. She has had a profound effect on contemporary ballet and has reached a broad audience through her work on Broadway and in films.

Organizational Strengths

O
The organization keeps staff and expenses at a minimum. It has created a new licensing agreement that has been very effecting in disseminating Tharp's work and making it accessible to companies around the nation.

Areas for Improvement

O
It would be great if Ms. Tharp would form a permanent company with a stable base, so she could continue to experiment at her own pace.
Urban Bush Women (1 recommendation) This powerful dance company is both a pioneer and innovator in terms of arts-based civic and social change practice. Through community residencies, major new works, summer institutes, and international artistic collaborations this company, under the leadership of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, has brought important women centered stories from African Diaspora to life in communities and on the national stage. In the dance world, they have created a place for contemporary dance forms rooted in diverse cultural traditions. Dancers skilled in movement, choreography, teaching, and community engagement are transmitting powerful tools for social change and creative expression through their summer institute and residencies. They are masters of community partnerships, developed and carried forward with vision and integrity.
Urban Bush Women

http://www.urbanbushwomen.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
This powerful dance company is both a pioneer and innovator in terms of arts-based civic and social change practice. Through community residencies, major new works, summer institutes, and international artistic collaborations this company, under the leadership of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, has brought important women centered stories from African Diaspora to life in communities and on the national stage. In the dance world, they have created a place for contemporary dance forms rooted in diverse cultural traditions. Dancers skilled in movement, choreography, teaching, and community engagement are transmitting powerful tools for social change and creative expression through their summer institute and residencies. They are masters of community partnerships, developed and carried forward with vision and integrity.

Organizational Strengths

N
UBW has a deep bench; dancers and administrators are well aligned behind the companies dual artistic and social mission. They have deep community roots in Brooklyn, New Orleans, Florida, and with the national dance community.

Areas for Improvement

N
They could improve with careful development of their community development institute concept and with media pieces that tell their story.
Virginia Commission for the Arts (1 recommendation) They have impact with their strong statewide support for the visual arts (and performing arts) for many years. They provide for other state agencies that require outside funding to fully engage public programming for an exhibition season.
Virginia Commission for the Arts

http://www.arts.state.va.us/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact with their strong statewide support for the visual arts (and performing arts) for many years. They provide for other state agencies that require outside funding to fully engage public programming for an exhibition season.

Organizational Strengths

R
The staff is very effective in education programs to arts agencies anxious to make funding proposal applications.
Western Folklife Center (1 recommendation) This center is over 25-years-old and initiated the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering. There are now over 80 such poetry gatherings throughout the West. The center also serves as a regional cultural hub for other activities including exhibitions, radio programming, and arts in schools programs.
Western Folklife Center

http://www.westernfolklife.org/site1/index.php

Evidence of Impact

F
This center is over 25-years-old and initiated the first Cowboy Poetry Gathering. There are now over 80 such poetry gatherings throughout the West. The center also serves as a regional cultural hub for other activities including exhibitions, radio programming, and arts in schools programs.

Organizational Strengths

F
They have strong leadership and staff with a strong commitment to the culture of the region. Additionally, they have enthusiastic local support that sees the value, both economic and cultural, of the center's work.

Areas for Improvement

F
The Center needs to broaden its economic base; balancing its local support with its regional reach will be critical to its future. Also, board development will be a related and necessary component of this process.
Wexner Center Foundation (1 recommendation) They have impact through their consistent presentation of both extraordinary visual and performing arts year after year, regarding performing arts specifically; the Wexner has been a leader in supporting the creation of new work.
Wexner Center Foundation

http://www.wexnerfoundation.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
They have impact through their consistent presentation of both extraordinary visual and performing arts year after year, regarding performing arts specifically; the Wexner has been a leader in supporting the creation of new work.

Organizational Strengths

R
Sherri Geldin has proven to be an extraordinarily effective leader over a sustained period of time, through flush and lean conditions.

Areas for Improvement

R
They could improve with perhaps a greater interest in the development of new work for family programming on the performing arts side.
Wolf Trap (1 recommendation) Wolf Trap REALLY sets the standard. Education is clearly at the heart of everything they do.
Wolf Trap
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http://www.wolf-trap.org/

Evidence of Impact

R
Wolf Trap REALLY sets the standard. Education is clearly at the heart of everything they do.

Organizational Strengths

R
They have a committed staff, excellent leadership, and an internship program that consistently ranks in the Princeton Review and Bloomberg Business Weekly.

Areas for Improvement

R
I would like to see Wolf Trap create partnerships with culturally specific organizations, for example, GALA Hispanic Theatre or the African Continuum Theatre.
Wooster Group (1 recommendation) The Wooster Group has consistently produced high-quality theatre and performance art for the past four decades. In addition to defining their own unique aesthetic for the theatre, they have spawned a number of significant talents including Spalding Gray and Willem Dafoe.
Wooster Group

http://thewoostergroup.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The Wooster Group has consistently produced high-quality theatre and performance art for the past four decades. In addition to defining their own unique aesthetic for the theatre, they have spawned a number of significant talents including Spalding Gray and Willem Dafoe.

Organizational Strengths

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The leadership of the Wooster Group is second to none in theatre. The artistic integrity of Artistic Director Elizabeth LeCompte is profound, and she has managed to maintain a strong ensemble while hosting a number of accomplished visiting artists. The Wooster Group also has a unique education program that brings high quality theatre experiences to young people in the New York City area. Finally, the Wooster Group recently grounded their presence by securing permanent residence at the new Baryshnikov Center for the Arts (BAC) in New York.

Areas for Improvement

N
The Wooster Group has a loyal audience, but it is more deep than broad. It would be great to see them expand their marketing efforts to reach new audiences. Their arts education program is limited to the New York City area, but it would be great to expand the reach of this program so that young people around the country could benefit from the high-level artistic quality they provide.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (1 recommendation) In recent years the programming at YBCA has been bold, and the approach to making a downtown arts center accessible and attractive to broad audiences has been quite revolutionary. By presenting exciting work, by opening the facility late at night, by inviting people in for parties and for artistic programming YBCA has not only become a top-flight presenter of local, national, and international multidisciplinary visual and performing art, but also has made a formerly antiseptic and stiff museum feel like the fun and exciting place to be.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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http://www.ybca.org/

Evidence of Impact

F
In recent years the programming at YBCA has been bold, and the approach to making a downtown arts center accessible and attractive to broad audiences has been quite revolutionary. By presenting exciting work, by opening the facility late at night, by inviting people in for parties and for artistic programming YBCA has not only become a top-flight presenter of local, national, and international multidisciplinary visual and performing art, but also has made a formerly antiseptic and stiff museum feel like the fun and exciting place to be.

Organizational Strengths

F
YBCA's executive director, Mr. Ken Foster, is one of the most forward thinking heads of a major American arts organization around. He practices what he preaches, taking an artistic and inventive approach to the operational and financial facets of his organization as well as to the programmatic departments.

Areas for Improvement

F
YBCA has done some good work to be a good partner of local arts organizations, but it can do more to make its facilities, especially its concert hall, more accessible to small budget arts organizations seeking a top flight place to present their work at an affordable rate.
Youth Speaks (1 recommendation) Since their inception, I have been really impressed by this dazzling group. Their Artistic Director, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is not only an incredible artist himself, but also he continues to open doors for other artists to reach new artistic heights. The company's organization of youth poetry slams continues to be a major draw across the country, again opening new doors of artistic opportunity for generations to come.
Youth Speaks
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http://www.youthspeaks.org/

Evidence of Impact

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Since their inception, I have been really impressed by this dazzling group. Their Artistic Director, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, is not only an incredible artist himself, but also he continues to open doors for other artists to reach new artistic heights. The company's organization of youth poetry slams continues to be a major draw across the country, again opening new doors of artistic opportunity for generations to come.

Organizational Strengths

N
As mentioned above, their staff does incredible work with young people. James Kass and Joan Osato help round out a savvy and hip team. They continue to find new ways of bringing young people to the arts through poetry and spoken word, two hip-hop based elements that help younger generations find and come into their own voice.

Areas for Improvement

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While their organizational mission and artistic reach is impressive, I sometimes feel that the staff is working at maximum capacity. By this, the company could benefit from some long range planning and capacity building support.
el Sistema USA (1 recommendation) The organization has brought national attention to the importance of the arts, music, and education as a social justice issue.
el Sistema USA

http://elsistemausa.org/

Evidence of Impact

N
The organization has brought national attention to the importance of the arts, music, and education as a social justice issue.

Organizational Strengths

N
A particular strength is the Fellowship program, which consists of young leaders selected to learn more about the Venezuelan-based program and then work with other similar U.S. based programs. Another strength is their effective communications with the field and also with media in bringing attention to the program and its benefits.

Areas for Improvement

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They need to find a way to provide support for locally based programs without providing too much oversight and conformity. This calls for some sort of infrastructure, which doesn't seem present now. Also, there seems to be little (if any) program documentation, assessment, and evaluation of both process and outcomes. The organization could provide greater assistance to the field in this area.

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