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New National Study on Community Arts Training and Support

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May 17, 2016

Intermedia Arts, in conjunction with Americans for the Arts/Animating Democracy, released a study that investigates local arts agencies and their ability to provide arts-based community development training. The study, conducted by William Cleveland and the Center for the Study of Art and Community, examined a cohort of 423 local arts agencies. Ultimately, the research hopes to, according to Americans for the Arts, “provide a greater understanding of the demand and availability of arts-based community development training.”

Some of the key findings of the report include:

  • There is both a need for, and high interest in, training for people working at the intersection of arts and community transformation, yet there is a low level of awareness of resources.
  • Among local arts agencies in the study, there is a growing trend to focus more deeply on community engagement and development.
  • Cross-sector relationships are becoming more prevalent among arts agencies, and the impetus for these relationships is coming from both the arts and non-arts sectors.
  • There is strong interest in the integration of arts into the functions of municipal government.
  • Local arts agencies are involved in a myriad of issues from education to economic development, land use to food and agriculture, public safety to civic participation, and more.


The report also lists the Guild's CAELI program in its section on Institutes and Training Programs.

Download the full report here.

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