The Public Benefits and Value of Arts & Culture

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Friday, May 29, 2015 8:45 am 10:00 am


Additional Reading: Alan Gilbert: Orchestras in 21st Century – A New Paradigm

In 2014, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Northeastern Ohio’s public arts agency, commissioned a study of the public benefits of arts and culture. Public funding for the arts depends on a broad recognition of a positive return on public investment. Not surprisingly, the research found that the arts and culture do generate substantial public benefits. It also found, though, that public value is not a static concept: it grows from individuals’ private experiences. Most significantly, the study found that shifts in cultural participation and in regional demographics provide a significant opportunity to help grow the value that all community residents derive from and ascribe to the arts by reinventing and expanding the roles arts organizations play in making communities more vital and lives more meaningful.

What are the challenges and opportunities that these shifts imply for orchestras eager to create value for audiences? What roles do board members, staff members, conductors and musicians need to play to keep orchestras connected to these core issues?  How do we help orchestras navigate these changes successfully?  Come prepared to engage in a lively discussion about how this public value orientation plays out with artists, board members, and the public at large.

Speakers: Karen Gahl-Mills, Executive Director, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture;  Kjristine Lund, Board Member, Seattle Symphony & Principal, Lund Consulting, Inc.; Nick Rabkin, Principal, reMaking Culture