A New Lens on the Competitive Environment for the Arts

Monday, October 15, 4:00pm – 5:30pm


Organized by Randy Cohen, vice president of research and policy, Americans for the Arts.

Presented by Diem Jones, director of grants, Houston Arts Alliance; Ted Russell, senior program officer, The James Irvine Foundation.

How well do small and emerging arts organizations compete in your community? The Local Arts Index calculates that the four largest nonprofit arts organizations are responsible for nearly two-thirds of total arts spending in the average U.S. county. What are the implications of such financial concentrations? This interactive session will consider implications, practical applications, and risks that public and private grantmakers will face when addressing—or not addressing—this issue, now that this conversation can be considered anew with annual county-level data.