Welcome to the online home of the National Center for Arts Research, where data-driven insights help advance the arts in the U.S.
It all began on February 13, 2012, when SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business hosted a public forum with the Cultural Data Project (CDP) and the national arts marketing consulting firm TRG Arts. The purpose: to discuss how data can provide insights on arts consumer behavior and the effect managerial decisions have on attendance, patronage and the overall health of the arts in America.
In the months since the public forum, Meadows School of the Arts has not only formed a collaboration with a host of national data and strategic consulting partners, but has secured the funding for the first three years of the partnership. Thanks to these visionary supporters, the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has become a reality.
The data compiled by each of our national partners will provide our new center with the largest database of arts information ever collected. We, in turn, will analyze the data and make it accessible – for free – to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers, and most importantly, YOU!
We have begun (and will continue to expand) an online portal that will contain resources, tools, articles, links to videos, and information on best practices categorized by content areas that are of interest to leaders looking to create thriving arts organizations.
We will have lots to share in the future in terms of research; updates on the development of our interactive online “dashboard,” which will be accessible to arts organizations nationwide to assess their organizational health; the work of guest experts serving as Center Fellows; and our “state of the arts” annual report. News and developments will be posted here and on our Twitter @artsresearch.
Please let us know if there are questions we can answer along the way!