In an article on artnet news, Tim Schneider explores how admission fees at museums affect overall attendance. After the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it would no longer allow free admission for out-of-state visitors, Schneider delves into the data to ask: Do admission fees meaningfully affect museum attendance? More specifically, do free museums actually attract larger, more diverse audiences than those that charge for entry?
Grantmakers in the Arts
North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) has announced Kim Konikow as the new executive director of the agency effective January 12, 2018. Konikow will replace Dr. Beth Gigante Klingenstein, who served in this role since July of 2014.
Konikow has a varied background in the arts as a presenter, artist manager, administrator, and consultant. She helped institute a Recreation Arts & Parks (RAP) tax for Utah’s Washington County Arts Council. Prior work experience includes conference coordinator for Dance/USA; executive director of The Mesa, an arts & humanities residency center in southern Utah; and executive director of Minnesota Dance Alliance.
The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University has released a report detailing financial health of arts organizations in the US. The report examines organizational bottom lines using data collected from over 4,800 organizations between 2013 and 2016. Overall, the report shows that it has become increasingly difficult for arts and cultural organizations to break even, a trend that is particularly alarming given the current period of economic growth in the US.
For the months of January and February, GIA's photo banner features work supported by The Boeing Company ("Boeing"). Boeing's Global Engagement programs implement Boeing's strategic philanthropy through its charitable investments, volunteer programs, employee drives, disaster response, and other integrated programs. In 2017, the company provided approximately $170M to communities around the world – its key priorities include Veterans, K-12 Education, and Dynamic Communities.
That's according to the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's arts education arm's recently-released county-wide survey of schools and districts' arts education offerings.
The findings were surprising to many advocates, given a common perception that the arts are often the first to go when schools have limited funds.