Cultural 'Building Boom' Offers Lessons for Arts Groups, Report Finds
Cultural institutions embarking on a major building project are more likely to succeed if the project is driven by the organization's mission and a clear and definable need, a new report from the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago finds. Sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and the Mellon, Kresge, and MacArthur foundations, the report, Set in Stone: Building America's New Generation of Arts Facilities, 1994-2008 (73 pages, PDF) examined the building boom for museums, performing arts centers, and theater in the U.S. from 1994 to 2008 and found that while in some cases the projects helped to boost attendance as well as earned and donated income, for the most part they were more difficult and challenging to complete than predicted and put enormous strain on the institutions that commissioned them.
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New York City Venture Philanthropy Offers Support for Innovative Arts Organization
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