Partnerships in the arts

Volume: 4 Issue: 5

Legacy ID (armUID): 
1059
This month: American and Canadian research on partnerships, including their potential and pitfalls, unique performing arts collaborations, partnerships between large and small cultural organizations, and the partnering of arts and non-arts organizations. These reports emphasize partnership costs, risks, benefits, challenges and strategies to overcome difficulties.
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Articles

  • Based on interviews with five American community foundations and 45 cultural organizations involved in 19 foundation-funded partnerships, this report identifies potential advantages and drawbacks of partnerships and outlines the implications for funders and grant recipients. The report indicates that both the funders and the cultural organizations believe that partnerships can build organizational capacity, expand and diversify audiences, and expand organizational networks.
  • This Canadian research, based on interviews with over 50 people involved in "non-traditional" collaborations, provides a profile of these collaborations in order to understand how such partnerships may help performing arts organizations enhance their public profile, increase diversity, develop audiences, and strengthen financial resources.
  • This report uses interviews with organizations involved in 10 foundation-funded partnerships to examine how partnerships between large and small cultural organizations "can be a useful tool for building cultural participation" and can help organizations "move into new worlds" by expanding their networks, horizons, capacities, and audiences.
  • Based on interviews with participants in 28 partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations in nine American communities as well as survey data from five communities, this report examines the potential for such partnerships to accomplish both artistic and community-service goals.