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Arts Partnerships:
A Resource List

Do arts partnerships and collaborations really work? What types of challenges do artists, businesses, foundations, and government agencies face when they cooperate with one another in order to build participation and to reach new audiences? This resource list, which contains citations to selected works from the Foundation Center's bibliographic database Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, will help you explore these issues and uncover lessons learned from in-depth examinations of artistic collaborations. For complete bibliographies on these topics, search Catalog of Nonprofit Literature, by combining "Arts" in the Keywords field with the relevant headings in the Subject field: Artist colonies, Corporate philanthropy-collaboration, Corporate sponsorship, Nonprofit organizations--collaboration, or Public/private partnerships (click here).

General Resources

Backer, Thomas E. Partnership as an Art Form: What Works and What Doesn't in Nonprofit Arts Partnerships. Encino, CA: Human Interaction Research Institute, 2002. 72 p. Call Number: 609 BAC.
The working paper discusses the merits of artistic collaboration, presenting lessons learned from interviews and a literature review. Raises key issues relevant to arts groups, funders, communities, researchers, and evaluators and presents a sampling of more than 60 nonprofit arts partnerships. With bibliographical references. FULL TEXT

Kohm, Amelia; La Piana, David; Gowdy, Heather. Strategic Restructuring: Findings from a Study of Integration and Alliances among Nonprofit Social Service and Cultural Organizations in the United States. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children, 2000. 54 p. Call Number: 609 KOH.
Provides findings from a survey of 192 respondents with experience in restructuring. Definitions of two primary types are given: alliances include joint programming and administrative consolidation, while integration includes joint ventures, mergers, and other changes to corporate control. Case studies of several of the respondents are appended.

Ostrower, Francie. Partnerships Between Large and Small Cultural Organizations: A Strategy for Building Arts Participation. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 2004. 14 p. Subject File Number: 202.
An examination of The Wallace Foundationís Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation reveals that it can be very difficult to create mutually beneficial or sustained large-small partnerships. Collaborations in general are challenging, but issues of mutual respect and relative influence and rewards become all the more sensitive and hard to achieve when collaborators differ so greatly in their resources and culture. FULL TEXT

Walker, Chris. Arts and Non-Arts Partnerships: Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies. Washington, DC: Urban Institute, 2004. 14 p. Pamphlet File Number: 202.
Practical lessons are emerging from the experiences of arts and non-arts organizations forming partnerships with each other that can help them identify and reduce the risks in this increasingly popular strategy. These partnerships can confer benefits on both parties if the benefits are mutual and in accord with their respective missions and if the potential risks and costs are anticipated and addressed. FULL TEXT

Internet Resources

Americans for the Arts
Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the arts nationwide by partnering with "local, state, and national arts organizations; government agencies; business leaders; individual philanthropists; educators; and funders throughout the country." The organization's Web site provides news; information on issues, events, and services; research; and a field directory.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) is the membership organization of America's state and jurisdictional arts agencies. The Web site's Arts Over America section provides a directory of links to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations, an annotated list of arts-related Web sites, and links to major funders in the arts.

National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts' mission is to support excellence in the arts and to bring arts to all Americans. One of its strategic goals is to develop and maintain partnerships that advance the mission of the NEA. Its Web site serves as a comprehensive resource for the arts community and its supporters.

Philanthropy News Digest
Browse the listing of arts-related request for proposals (RFPs) and relevant news items.

Arts Education Partnerships

See ARTS EDUCATION: A Resource List

Corporate Sponsorships

"Best Practices in Selling Arts Sponsorship." IEG Sponsorship Report, vol. 27, (21 April 2008): p. 1-3.
Provides arts organizations with advice on securing sponsorships during challenging economic periods. The article suggests that organizations can explore several strategies, such as building business opportunities and enhancing existing deals.

Case Studies. Long Island City, NY: Business Committee for the Arts, 2003. 57 p. (loose-leaf) Call Number: 202 BCA.
Contains more than 50 case studies of partnerships between businesses and arts organizations. View related case studies online.

Lewis, Nicole. "Vying for Corporate Support." Chronicle of Philanthropy, vol. 19 (23 August 2007): p. 14, 16.
This article provides an overview of the methods and pitfalls of seeking and maintaining corporate sponsorships on the part of arts organizations. Explores the practice of arts groups bringing corporate representatives on to their boards, and mentions the arts-oriented giving trends of several large companies.

Rectanus, Mark W. Culture Incorporated: Museums, Artists, and Corporate Sponsorships. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2002. x, 298 p. ISBN: 0-8166-3852-7. Call Number: 438 REC.
An examination of corporate influence on arts and culture, presenting examples mainly from Germany and the United States. Elaborates on the development of cultural politics at multinational corporations such as AT&T, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, IBM, and Philip Morris. Analyses the relationships among sponsors, artists, audiences, grantmakers, governments, museums, and other cultural organizations. Concludes with a chapter on the "cybersponsorship" of virtual museums on the Internet. With bibliography and index.

Internet Resources

Business Committee for the Arts
The Business Committee for the Arts helps businesses collaborate with arts groups. The Web site includes information on its programs, excerpts from lecture series, news articles, as well as survey data on business support of the arts.


International Collaboration

Amplifying New Voices: International Collaboration in the Arts [video recording]. New York, NY: Ford Foundation, 2002. 20:00 minutes. (GrantCraft: Practical Wisdom for Grantmakers). Call Number: A 050 FOR AMP.
Portrays a Ford Foundation model program that commenced in 1994. Ford's "Internationalizing New Work in the Performing Arts" initiative sought to identify a core group of U.S.-based international arts organizations and work with them to improve practices and document and share the results. The five recipient organizations were the Northwest Asian American Theatre (WA), 651 Arts (NY), UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance (CA), Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (TX), and Miami-Dade Community College CCCI (FL). Christine Vincent of the Ford Foundation and the directors of the grantee organizations explain their involvement in and goals for the project. Click HERE to learn more about the video.

International Cultural Exchanges. Washington, DC: Americans for the Arts, 2006. 11 p. (Federal Resource Guide Series for Arts Organizations).
Describes funding opportunities available to arts organizations for international cultural exchange programs. The grants are administered by State Department's Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs under the Fulbright-Hays Act.

Artist Colonies

Artists Communities: A Directory of Residencies in the United States That Offer Time and Space for Creativity. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Allworth Press, 2005. 273 p. Call Number: 202 COM 2005.
Features descriptions for 95 communities that provide studios and housing for artists in a communal environment. Entries give address; telephone number; facilities and housing descriptions; average number of artists present at one time; ratio of artists applying to artists accepted; scholarship, fellowship, and stipend opportunities; and statements by a former resident and the community's director. An additional index provides brief data on 300 U. S. and international programs. Includes indexes by artistic categories, regions, seasons and deadlines, fees and stipends, and disabled access.

Artists' Communities at Work: Lessons Learned. Providence, RI: Alliance of Artists Communities, 2003. 49 p. Call Number: 202 AAC.
The booklet provides case studies that document successful management practices, particularly in fundraising and community building (both internally and with the outside world) and examines various models for artists' communities.

Stoudt, Charlotte (ed.) Stages of Transformation: Collaborations of the National Theatre Artist Residency Program. New York, NY: Theatre Communications Group, 2005. 173 p. Call Number: 206 STO.
The book celebrates the work of participants in the National Theatre Artist Residency Program, which terminated in June 2005.

Internet Resources

Alliance of Artists Communities
The Alliance of Artists Communities is a national service organization that supports artists' communities by encouraging collaboration among members of the field, raising the visibility of these communities, and advocacy. Web site resources include contact information for member programs, a list of links to individual communities, information about the organization's directory and other publications, job listings, and other links.
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