SMU DataArts - Cultural Data Profile


Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA. Photo by Kent Boynton. Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA. Photo by Kent Boynton.

Our History

Data-Driven by Design

For more than a decade, we’ve provided data-informed insights and resources to the arts and cultural sector.

DataArts began in Pennsylvania as the Cultural Data Project in 2004. It was a collaborative venture of visionary funders and arts advocates with a sweeping goal: to address a longstanding need for detailed, reliable information on nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations, and by doing so, strengthen management, philanthropy, research, and public policy. 

By 2013, the data collection and reporting effort, then housed within The Pew Charitable Trusts, had been replicated in 13 states and Washington, With the generous transition support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Kresge Foundation, William Penn Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CDP became an independent nonprofit organization

In 2016, guided by a refined mission and a new strategy, the Cultural Data Project became DataArts. Our name reflects our evolution beyond data collection and reporting to something bigger: advancing a new field of practice and sharing resources for data-savvy cultural leadership in the twenty-first century. 

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DataArts is the interchange where cultural organizations, grantmakers, researchers, and advocates meet, and provides an unparalleled perspective and opportunity for collaboration. Together, we are creating an indispensable national resource, helping us all make the case that, indeed, culture counts.

Pony Box Dance Theatre, Long Beach, CA. Photo by Tracy Kumono. Pony Box Dance Theatre, Long Beach, CA. Photo by Tracy Kumono.

DataArts is Home to the Cultural Data Profile and Much More:

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