New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs released a new study that provides a racial breakdown of the city’s cultural sector, and found that its diversity falls short of the city itself. The report tabulated data from nearly a thousand cultural groups, including New York Public Radio (the parent company of WNYC), which had to answer a survey if they wanted public funding next year. Diversity in the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Community found that 35 percent of the people in the cultural sector — which includes museums, theaters and other organizations — are nonwhite. That compares to a city population that is 67 percent nonwhite.
The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University today released a white paper titled Does “Strong and Effective” Look Different for Culturally Specific Organizations? that examines the distinguishing characteristics of arts organizations that primarily serve Asian American, African American, and Hispanic/Latino communities. The study is designed to provide insights, based on measurable data, about the operating contexts and unique challenges that these organizations face. With data from DataArts the Cultural Data Profile and other national and government sources such as the Theatre Communications Group, the League of American Orchestras, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Census Bureau, and the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the National Center for Arts Research is creating the most complete picture of the health of the arts sector in the U.S.
The League of American Orchestras recently released a data-driven study of subscription trends. Reimagining the Orchestra Subscription Model is a longitudinal study that covers 10 years of data supplied through the annual Orchestra Statistical Report. The results reveal a shift in buying patterns. While patrons are still interested in orchestras, the survey indicates that barriers, like price and committing to set dates far in advance, are barriers to traditional subscription purchases.