SMU DataArts, the national center for arts research in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, has been awarded a Hewlett Organizational Effectiveness grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This funding will support the organization’s roadmap to increasing equity, diversity and inclusion, which has been a focus for the past three years and is part of its strategic plan moving forward.
Grant will help support innovative, sector-wide research, internal and external efforts toward equity in the arts, and necessary additions and adjustments to SMU DataArts’ technology infrastructure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice movement
DALLAS (SMU) – October 5, 2021 – SMU DataArts, the national center for arts research based at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, has named Ted Russell, chair of Grantmakers in the Arts and director of arts strategy and ventures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, as its third Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, effective October 1, 2021. SMU DataArts compiles and analyzes data on arts organizations and their communities nationwide and develops free, innovative research reports on important issues in arts management and patronage. Russell will serve as an intellectual partner and counsel, working with SMU DataArts leadership on the critical issues prevalent in the arts and culture field. He will also serve as an ambassador for the center, communicating with funders, arts organizations and other constituents of the national arts sector and helping to raise awareness about SMU DataArts’ research.
DALLAS (SMU) – July 20, 2021– SMU DataArts, the national center for arts research based at SMU Meadows School of the Arts, is one of 46 arts organizations worldwide selected for the new $30 million Digital Accelerator Program launched July 14 by Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York. SMU DataArts is one of only two organizations in Texas, along with the Austin Opera, chosen for the project. In addition to being a program participant, SMU DataArts will also work with Bloomberg Philanthropies on the design of its program evaluation.
DALLAS (SMU) – July 7, 2021 – SMU DataArts’ KIPI (Key Intangible Performance Indicator) Dashboard now offers automated reporting so organizational leaders can get a deeper understanding of their organization’s position immediately after completing the Cultural Data Profile (CDP) survey.
DALLAS (SMU) – April 29, 2021 – As performing arts organizations in the United States emerge from pandemic closures, SMU DataArts has released a new study to help these institutions address the question “When we re-open, whom will we gather?” and to take advantage of this time of reconnection to increase audience diversity.
DALLAS, TX - SMU DataArts today releases two new reports and a white paper looking at the financial health of the arts industry leading up to the pandemic.
NEW YORK, March 10, 2021 – SMU DataArts, in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, today released The Alchemy of High-Performing Arts Organizations, Part II: A Spotlight on Organizations of Color, which explores how leaders of these organizations viewed the reasons for their success along with challenges they face. Co-authored by SMU DataArts Director Zannie Voss, Ph.D., and SMU DataArts Research Director Glenn Voss, Ph.D., the new report aims to inform other arts organizations in their own approach to financial sustainability.