Evidence at the Core of the 21st Century Local Arts Agency

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 13:30

The National Endowment for the Arts continues to offer public webinars showcasing evaluation and performance measurement strategies in the arts. This installment will consider two different evidence-based approaches that local arts agencies are taking to re-envision and measure their programs.

The NEA’s deputy director for research & analysis, Patricia Moore Shaffer, introduces the topic of how arts organizations, including local arts agencies, are increasingly using evaluation and performance metrics to hold themselves accountable to the communities they serve. Guest speakers Karen Gahl-Mills of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Robert Bush of the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte-Mecklenburg will explain how evidence collection and analysis directly informs their work. Karen Gahl-Mills will discuss how a recently-completed planning initiative (future.cacgrants.org) used data and feedback from local residents to articulate new goals for the organization. Robert Bush will explore how active-listening approaches can elicit and empower community voices, and how measurement tools can assist LAAs in identifying and meeting the needs of community members. A Q&A session will follow.

This webinar is appropriate for local arts agency leaders and for researchers and evaluators working with local arts agencies and arts organizations.

Attending the Webinar

You can join 15 minutes before the 1:30pm ET start time using the passcode 870335. You can listen on your computer or dial-in toll free at 1-877-685-5350, passcode: 870335.

Please note that the web meeting will be limited to the first 125 attendees; up to 300 can listen on the phone. An archive will be made available shortly after the meeting.

Additional Access Number: 1-719-457-1424, passcode: 870335.