Arts and Non-arts Partnerships

Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies

2010, 16 pages, The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20037, (202) 833-7200 http://www.urban.org

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Organizations of all types are increasingly forming partnerships—including with organizations outside their fields—to help them carry out their missions. The arts are no exception. Many are working with agencies not primarily devoted to the arts—educational, health, religious, youth development, human services, recreational, and community development organizations—to accomplish both artistic and community service goals that might otherwise be far more difficult, if not impossible, to achieve. Such partnerships are not easy to forge or maintain, however. Success depends on each partner's willingness and ability to live up to its part of the bargain. Partnerships involve risks, because arts and non-arts organizations differ in many ways. At stake are reputations, constituent relations, organizational missions, and investments of time, money, and expertise if a project does not go well.

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