ACI is committed to 

promoting Creative Justice through empirical research. ACI works to both illuminate inequities and celebrate culture in our arts and culture landscape, to collectively work towards justice, access and equity.

ACI will use research results for advocacy and raising awareness through publications and conference presentations. Findings also directly inform ACI’s programmatic design and refinement.

We are also in the process of expanding and replicating our study methodology in various cities nationally. If you feel this research blueprint would be supportive for your arts community ecosystem, drop us a line to discuss intersection. 


Report published September 2019

In the summer of 2018 ACI began Phase II of our study of the “cultural equity gap” (see Examining Cultural Equity in the Arts below). Phase II 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 run out of ArtsBoston. Through focus groups and key informant interviews, Moves Towards Equity: Perspectives from Arts Leaders of Color seeks to understand what authentic leadership looks like, as well as what levers for change are, for arts leaders and artists of color. The report was publicly released on September 14th 2019.


 Report released January 2018

In the summer of 2017 ACI conducted Phase I of a baseline, mixed-methods inductive attitudinal study on the “cultural equity gap”. This study focused on influencers who hold power in the arts and culture landscape, consisting of focus groups and a national quantitative study. The study was supported by the SSRC Dissertation Development Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, with funds from the Andrew Mellon Foundation. Findings were released January 29, 2018.