Research Lab

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Pentimento by Erin Shie Palmer

From Words to Action Report

A report about the implementation of a new eligibility requirement for the Organizational Grant Program that requires all grantees to submit a statement, policy, or plan outlining their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access as part of their applications.

Building Creative Career Pathways for Youth

Building Creative Career Pathways for Youth analyzes opportunities for youth in 70 creative occupations in the creative industries as well as programs designed to help youth access those jobs.

Report and Documentary Highlight Benefits of Artworks for Civic Engagement

Report and Documentary Highlight Benefits of Artworks for Civic Engagement Four Projects in South LA Represent Shift Towards “Art As Infrastructure”
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Research & Evaluation at the Arts Commission, 2016-17

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.

Arts Education Profile Report: 2015-17

The LA County Arts Education Profile survey was administered to all 2,277 public schools in LA County to learn about the quantity, quality and equity of arts education. We found that nearly every school offers at least some arts instruction, and most schools offer at least two disciplines. At the same time, we found troubling inequities that reflect disparities in the wider society. 
Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Strengthening Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Arts and Culture Sector for All Los Angeles County Residents

This report outlines the Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative, an 18-month public process that led to the development of 13 recommendations to the LA County Board of Supervisors to ensure that everyone in LA County has equitable access to arts and culture, and to improve inclusion in the wider arts ecology for all residents in every community. 
Arts Workforce Demographics Report

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

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 Arts and Culture, 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 Arts Ecology, For Data Geeks
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.

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