Arts and Non-Arts Partnerships

Opportunities, Challenges, and Strategies

Christopher Walker

August 2004, 14 pages. The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street NW, Washington, DC, 20037, 202-833-7200,

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This booklet draws from the experiences of partnerships supported by the Community Partnerships for Cultural Participation Initiative, funded by the Wallace Foundation between 1998 and 2002, and addresses the benefits of partnerships to both parties, potential problems, strategies for success, and matchmaking. The report notes that partnerships 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 greatly in their resources and culture.