Joint Study in Gender Disparity Shows Gap Persists Despite Gains in Art Museum Directors

While incremental gains were observed, the study shows that women still hold fewer than 50% of directorships, earn less than male counterparts, and typically lead institutions with smaller budgets

Arts and Culture Aren't an Elitist Extravagance. They’re Essential to American Life.

Arts and culture aren’t “out there” and just for an elite part of the population.  They are closer and more immediate and personal than most people give them credit for being.  

New NCAR Report Says Payment to Artistic and Production Personnel is the Largest Expense for Arts Organizations

This edition, which focuses on expenses related directly to the cost of programming, shows that two-thirds of total program-related expenses, or 42% of all operating revenue, goes to payment of program-related personnel.

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Matchmaking: When David Met Goliath

Karen Brooks Hopkins, NCAR Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, provides suggestions for administrators and community leaders who face a divide between small and large arts and cultural organizations.

Weaving and Data

Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and their context are woven together in shared potential and shared challenges. The NCAR Fundraising Report provides relevant, timely data to help us clarify and wrestle with the pertinent fundraising questions in front of us.

Contributed revenue and the ‘arts bubble’

The arts don’t exist in a bubble, yet we often act as if they do. At such moments, we cut ourselves off from both audiences and donors who may not share our assumptions, conventions, language, and ideals for how arts or culture experiences should work.

Ernan Haruvy Named Donna Wilhelm Research Fellow

Dr. Ernan Haruvy, professor of marketing at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been named the second Donna Wilhelm Research Fellow.

Government and Philanthropic Funders Benefit from New Fundraising Report

Ryan Stubbs, Research Director for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, shares implications for both organizations and funders to be found in NCAR's new Fundraising Report

Getting Real: Expectations for Corporate Cash Contributions to the Arts

By NCAR Director Zannie Voss and Rebecca Wood

How many discussions have occurred in arts organizations’ board rooms bemoaning a lack of corporate support?  When we think about growth and sources of contributions, it is easy to imagine that a largely untapped panacea exists in the resources possessed by businesses.  If they knew us, they would love us and they would want to support the remarkable impact we have on the community, right? 

Watch NCAR Fellow Karen Brooks Hopkins Talk the Dashboard on Brooklyn’s BRIC TV

Karen Brooks Hopkins, NCAR's New Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, recently visited Brooklyn's BRIC TV to talk about the new KIPI Dashboard

The most valuable research tool you’re not using… yet

Guest post by Jill Robinson, President and CEO of TRG Arts

“How do we stack up?”

Everyone is curious about how their arts organization compares with others like them. There’s really not been a good place to find that information, though.

Until now.

The NCAR Report on Fundraising Trends in Arts and Culture

Report shows overall growth in unrestricted contributions, which outpaced both growth in expenses and inflation

10,000 Steps: How Data Can Lead to a Healthier Cultural Sector

President and CEO of DataArts, Beth Tuttle, explains how the new NCAR KIPI Dashboard gave a power-boost to the data they collect through the Cultural Data Profile.

Apples and Bananas: Benchmarking and the Cultural Sector

NCAR Senior Advisor Robert Stein shares his views on why the new KIPI Dashboard is a valuable tool for gaining performance insights, benchmarking and making informed decisions.

Introducing the NCAR KIPI Dashboard

Our new tool allows arts organizations to measure performance against peers

A Farewell Post from NCAR’s Kate Levin: On Virtual Participation

NCAR’s inaugural Nasher Haemisegger Fellow, Kate D. Levin, shares her thoughts on virtual participation in her final, outgoing post.

Chicago Theatres' Changing Landscape

Guest post by Deb Clapp, Executive Director, League of Chicago Theatres

I was very flattered to be asked by my friend Jennifer Armstrong to write a guest blog post.  She forwarded some interesting data to me and at the same time, Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune had written an article about subscriptions, membership and the correlation between the newspaper industry and the theatre industry and the need to change to fit the needs of Millennials.

Meet Karen Brooks Hopkins, NCAR's New Nasher Haemisegger Fellow

The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) has appointed Karen Brooks Hopkins, former president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and currently Senior Fellow in Residence.

Los Angeles on the Rise

Guest Post by Laura Zucker, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

Los Angeles was the fastest moving large city in National Center for Arts Research’s newest Arts Vibrancy Index, up to fifth place from its position in ninth place last year.  What has put us on such a fast trajectory?