Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Organizational planning, management, governance & marketing

With the perspective that "we are witnessing a dynamic shift in [cultural] participation, both in amount and in form", this series of case studies was prepared to help arts organizations attract and engage new audiences, in order to help secure their artistic and financial sustainability.

This report provides an examination of the challenges, needs and opportunities of Toronto-based mid-career contemporary dance creators. Based on an in-depth survey of 14 dancer-choreographers, the report notes that the mid-career dancers are on average 39 years old, with 18 years of professional dance experience and an average annual income of about $18,000.

This report explores possibilities for measuring the social impacts of organizations' activities, despite challenges such as "the lack of a common measure of how much good has been done" and the lack of an "agreed unit of social impact" that might be equivalent to financial metrics used in market transactions.

This report summarizes the results of three forums in Ontario (Brockville, Chatham and Minett / Muskoka) about municipal cultural planning. The forums were designed to "build awareness of the value and economic development opportunity" presented by cultural planning, to demonstrate community examples and success stories, as well as to identify tools and barriers in implementing municipal cultural planning.
Intended as a guide for artists and cultural workers in developing and managing international marketing of cultural goods and services, this site gathers resources, tips and pitfalls in reaching international buyers and audiences.
Fact Sheet

This brief fact sheet notes that there is a rich tradition of creativity and artistic ability in Inuit communities, with many artists blending "traditional knowledge with modern-day techniques". "Elements of mixed cultural experiences meld with traditional Inuit culture to form a new and exciting genre of Inuit art."

Fact Sheet
This brief fact sheet notes that "artistic expression is at the heart of Aboriginal culture". The fact sheet reminds us that there is not a single, uniform Aboriginal culture or art. "There has always been a great diversity of Aboriginal cultures and languages."
Report on Consultations
Based on a series of consultations in 2007 with Aboriginal artists, arts administrators, elders, youth and other community members, this report attempts "to better understand the specificities of Aboriginal art practices; to explore the impact of the arts within Aboriginal communities; to investigate the impact of Aboriginal arts in Canada and internationally; and to generate interest in research related to Aboriginal arts".
Based on an "applied research forum" in February 2008 involving Aboriginal leaders, this report explores "the realities of Aboriginal arts administration in Canada and the needs for training and professional development in the field". Topics explored at the forum include governance, public institutions, administration, financial management and community liaison.
Based on a national survey of 218 arts organizations, this report provides data about salary levels for 21 management and administrative positions in Canadian non-profit arts organizations in 2008. Unfortunately, the report does not provide an estimate of the margin of error, given the number of survey respondents. This is a major limitation on any interpretation of the results.