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National Center for Arts Research Issues Second Report
February 25, 2015
NCAR Report

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University issued its second report, drawing on CDP and other data, that examines the financial, operating, engagement and staffing health of the nonprofit arts industry. The Center, the first of its kind in the nation, investigates important issues in arts management and patronage, making its findings available to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers and the general public.

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