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Saturday, June 1 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
The Impacts of Investing in Creativity: Longitudinal Outcomes of Artist Professional Development for Individual Artists and Their Community

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The Culture Wars of the mid 1990s ultimately resulted in significant funding reductions for American artists.  The ensuing crisis for artists inspired the Ford Foundation to commission the Urban Institute to study the environment of support mechanisms for artists. Culminating three years of research, the Institute published its report Investing in Creativity in 2003. Building on this research a coalition of arts and culture funders launched Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year philanthropic experiment to create change in the American support system for artists. In 2008, as a part of a partnership funded through the LINC initiative, Artist INC was intentionally designed to address the Investing in Creativity report for artists residing in Kansas City.  From its inception, Artist INC was research-based and data driven. The survey instruments utilized acquired a significant amount of information on artist tools and skills, financial and legal practices, and attitudes. The resulting database includes one of the most detailed longitudinal data sets of practicing artist conditions post-professional development intervention in the United States. Utilizing this database, this session will explore the transitions of individual artists and their community across a five-year trajectory and propose directions for future pedagogical development based on the analysis.


Saturday June 1, 2019 1:00pm - 2:15pm
Pyle Center, Room 325/326

Attendees (8)