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Research & Evaluation at the Arts Commission, 2016-17

January 22, 2018
Read our report on the 2016-17 Research and Evaluation Plan: what we did and why, and some key lessons we learned along the way.
Participants in the 2017 Arts Access Datathon

Arts Access Datathon

August 16, 2017
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, nearly 150 participants, speakers, volunteers, and observers assembled in downtown LA to spend the day exploring how data can be used to improve access to the arts for all ten million residents of Los Angeles County. This report tells the story of what we did, and provides a toolkit for others who want to do their own datathon.
Arts Workforce Demographics Report

The Demographics of the Arts and Cultural Workforce in Los Angeles County

April 04, 2017
This study analyzes the demographics of the arts and cultural workforce in Los Angeles County – specifically, staff members, board, volunteers, and independent contractors associated with 386 cultural nonprofits, most of which receive funding from LACAC and/or seven other municipal funders in the County.
LACAC Volunteers Report

Salaries, Benefits and Volunteers in Nonprofit Arts Organizations in LA County

October 14, 2016
This series of reports analyzes data reported by arts nonprofits in LA County to DataArts (formerly the Cultural Data Project). They explore how much is being paid on salaries and benefits, how many hours of time is volunteered, and they provide recommendations to how arts nonprofits can improve in these areas.
Volunteers in Arts Nonprofits in LA County

Volunteers in Arts Nonprofits in LA County

November 01, 2015
In 2012, 35,076 volunteers worked nearly six million hours at 386 nonprofit arts organizations in LA County. This report explores the role of volunteers in arts nonprofits. 

Creative Work: How arts education promotes career opportunities beyond the arts

April 15, 2015
In 2013, 198,110 people in LA County were employed in 79 “creative occupations.” Half of those jobs did not require a bachelor’s degree. What kinds of careers are available, how well do they pay, and what training is required? 
Salaries in Arts Nonprofits in LA County

Salaries in Arts Nonprofits in LA County

May 15, 2014
Analyzing data from the Cultural Data Project, we found that nonprofit arts organizations in Los Angeles County paid some $266.6 million in salaries to the equivalent of 4,650 full time employees in 2011. 
Arts Education Brief: Trends Since 2005

Arts Education Brief: Trends Since 2005

April 15, 2014
Arts education across all 81 school districts in LA County has held steady since 2005-06, despite the recession and even as the total number of students enrolled in public schools has declined. That’s what we learned when we analyzed data on arts courses, enrollment and teachers that was reported by school districts to the California Department of Education (CDE).
Participants in the 2017 Arts Access Datathon

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, nearly 150 participants, speakers, volunteers, and observers assembled in downtown LA to spend the day exploring how data can be used to improve access to the arts for all ten million residents of Los Angeles County. This report tells the story of what we did, and provides a toolkit for others who want to do their own datathon.

Arts Workforce Demographics Report

This study analyzes the demographics of the arts and cultural workforce in Los Angeles County – specifically, staff members, board, volunteers, and independent contractors associated with 386 cultural nonprofits, most of which receive funding from LACAC and/or seven other municipal funders in the County. The findings presented in this report are based on 3,307 unique responses to the DataArts Workforce Demographics survey, conducted from May 2016 through July 2016. Among the key findings: 

Arts Education Brief: Trends Since 2005

Arts education across all 81 school districts in LA County has held steady since 2005-06, despite the recession and even as the total number of students enrolled in public schools has declined. That’s what we learned when we analyzed data on arts courses, enrollment and teachers that was reported by school districts to the California Department of Education (CDE).

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