ACI is committed to the elucidation of inequities; as well as the celebration of culture, in the contemporary art world, so that we may collectively work towards justice, access and equity.
In the summer of 2017 ACI conducted Phase I of a baseline, mixed-methods inductive attitudinal study on the 'Cultural Equity Gap', focused on influencers who hold power in the contemporary art world, including focus groups and a national quantitative stuvey. The study was supported by the SSRC Dissertation Development Program and UMass Boston, with funds from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
Findings released electronically on 1/29/18, download the PDF report here.
In the summer of 2018 ACI began Phase II of the 'Cultural Equity Gap' study, focused on the perspectives of self-identifying arts leaders of color, all of whom are part of the Network for Arts Administrators of Color, an affinity group born out of ArtsBoston. In addition to these focus groups, ACI is running a year-long Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) component with Boston high school youths. In aggregate, the focus groups and the YPAR component seek to understand what authentic leadership looks like, as well as what levers for change are, in the contemporary arts world.
Results will be used for advocacy and awareness through publication and conference presentation, as well as for direct programmatic design and refinement.
We are also in the process of expanding and replicating study methodology in various cities nationally. If you feel this blueprint research would be supportive for your arts community ecosystem drop us a line to discuss intersection.