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. 

 
 

Findings coming Fall 2019!

In the summer of 2018 ACI began a complementary study to the 'Cultural Equity Gap' report (see below), 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) study with Boston high school youths. Together, 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.

 
 

 In the summer of 2017, ACI conducted part one of a baseline, mixed-methods inductive attitudinal study on the 'Cultural Equity Gap'. This study focused on influencers who hold power in the contemporary art world, 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.