SMU DataArts - Cultural Data Profile


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Josh Franzos. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Josh Franzos.

An Unprecedented National Network

DataArts is the vital interchange where thousands of cultural organizations, grantmakers, researchers, advocates, and service providers meet to advance the arts, culture, and humanities. Together we are creating an unparalleled source of information, resources, and perspectives for and about the cultural sector.

Become a Partner

When you partner with DataArts, you’re strengthening the cultural sector with the power of high-quality data and helping tell a more persuasive story of its assets, contributions, and impacts.

Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX. Photo by Ezra Gentle. Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas, TX. Photo by Ezra Gentle.

Our Partners

New partners join us every month. These lists are updated quarterly.

Cultural Nonprofits

Thousands of nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations participate in SMU DataArts annually. They are making an important contribution to their own health and vitality and that of the sector at large. We salute these community treasures.

Are You Interested in Participating?

Learn More

Research Partners

They’re experts in their fields – whether music, dance, arts education, opera, theater, visual arts and collections, literary, film, or media. They are also dedicated research partners using the SMU DataArts platform to streamline their data collection and drawing on CDP data to develop sophisticated analyses, resources, and tools that advance the sector. They and their members are helping create a more inclusive, representative picture of our nation’s cultural nonprofits.

Join SMU DataArts

Chorus America

The Chorus Operations Survey (COS) is the most comprehensive source of data available on choruses and the choral field. The information gathered helps choruses make better decisions about programming, budgeting, staffing, and other management practices.

OPERA America

OPERA America's Professional Opera Survey is hosted on the DataArts platform, and is the most comprehensive annual survey on U.S. and Canadian professional nonprofit opera companies.

Theatre Communications Group

TCG's Theatre Facts is the only in-depth report examining the attendance, performance, and overall fiscal state of the U.S. professional not-for-profit theatre field.

Participating Grantmakers

Public and private funders nationwide use the DataArts platform to make complex decisions, and increase the transparency and impact of their philanthropy.

View All

  • 44 Participating Grantmakers
  • Allegheny Regional Asset District
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Arizona Commission on the Arts
  • Arts Council for Long Beach
  • Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Bravo Greater Des Moines
  • California Arts Council
  • Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
  • City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
  • City of Culver City Cultural Affairs

Philanthropic Partners

DataArts is grateful for the additional philanthropic support of funders who believe in the power of data to strengthen the vitality, performance, and public impact of the cultural sector.

View All

  • 14 Philanthropic Partners
  • The Meadows Foundation
  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Flinn Foundation
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Our Founders

DataArts was launched as the Cultural Data Project (CDP) in the fall of 2004, by a group of Pennsylvania grantmakers and arts advocates seeking to provide a statewide, web-based data collection system for arts and cultural organizations. The CDP was operated as a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts until 2013.

Our Transformation Funders

DataArts’ predecessor organization, the Cultural Data Project, operated for nearly a decade as a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts. The CDP’s national transition to DataArts and technology transformation were generously supported by the following organizations.

Subscribe to DataArts

Complete the following form to start receiving our email newsletter.