Arts Connect International (ACI); a Boston-based non-profit committed to equity in the arts, released a community findings research report, "Examining Cultural Equity in the Arts."
"There is a 'cultural equity gap' within the United States arts landscape. This equity gap constitutes the unequal representation in the arts of various identities, including, but not limited to: race, disability, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic status (class). The cultural equity gap arises from a systemic inequity in access to the arts, as well as access to positions of power within the arts."
To better understand the cultural equity gap and its implications on access, ACI launched a two-part study in the summer of 2017, in collaboration with UMass Boston, and with support from the Social Science Research Center’s Dissertation Development Program, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Phase I of the study, whose findings are in the report, cover a national survey and focus groups with local arts leaders, engaged to paint a fuller picture of our arts landscape and leadership. Phase I focuses on 'influencers' (i.e. arts managers, educators, funders, etc.) understandings and attitudes surrounding the cultural equity gap. Phase II, set to launch in the summer of 2018, will focus on a community-contextualized perspectives and voices.
Learn more through downloading or reading the report in PDF. Text only versions, which read more effectively with screen readers, are available. Please email Marian Taylor Brown, principle investigator, for said version, and with any questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.orgTweet