Diversity in the Arts: The Past, Present, and Future of African American and Latino Museums, Dance Companies, and Theater Companies

Diversity in the Arts: The Past, Present, and Future of African American and Latino Museums, Dance Companies, and Theater Companies

While arts organizations of color have suffered over the years from a dearth of individual donors and limited foundation and government support, they have been especially hard hit recently by a number of trends, including reduced funding for arts education and the proliferation of digital alternatives, a report from the at the University of Maryland finds. According to the report, (58 pages, PDF), African-American and Latino arts organizations tend to serve constituents who give more to churches, social service providers, and civil rights organizations; have board members who do not have access to major arts funders; and, as a result of these and other factors, struggle to survive on smaller budgets than more mainstream arts and cultural institutions. Indeed, the median budget for the twenty largest arts groups of color is $3.8 million, compared to $61 million for the twenty largest mainstream arts institutions. Those groups also get 40 percent of their budget from earned revenue (compared to 59 percent for large mainstream institutions), the report finds, and receive only 5 percent of their total contributed revenue from individual donors.

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