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New Study Set to Look at How the Non-Profit Arts Field Communicates

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Oct 07, 2015

The Knight Foundation, The Hewlett Foundation, and WESTAF have sponsored a preliminary study on the communication habits of the non-profit arts field – internal communication within our organizations as well external conversations being had with the arts world and the broader public.

According to Barry’s Blog, “Communication – internally within our organizations, externally within our field, and from us to specific sectors and to the public – is the lifeblood of virtually everything we do. Yet we have almost no information on how we use it, manage it, cope with it and perceive it.”

As a way of getting at those questions, the research will “begin to compile data on our communications habits, behaviors and preferences – on which further inquiry and analysis can be built as we try to understand more about how we communicate – so that ultimately, we might be better at it.”

In order for the research to be representative, Hessenius is asking for all arts non-profits – including opera, symphony, music, visual art, museum, native arts, crafts, theater, dance, film and other areas of our field, as well as city and state agencies, advocacy groups, arts education organizations, university programs – to participate in a 15 to 20 minute survey.

The survey is comprised of check-off questions only. It can be found here.

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