Cultivating Demand for the Arts

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 Cultivating Demand for the Arts

We are indebted to many people who supported this work. First, we are grateful to The Wallace Foundation for sponsoring this study and to Ann Stone and Pam Mendels in particular for their encouragement and helpful comments on earlier drafts of this report. Second, we benefited from the thoughtful reviews of Samuel Hope of the National Office for Arts Accreditation and David Steiner of Hunter College, who helped us achieve greater clarity in our thinking and our writing.

We also extend our thanks to many others who provided comments on early drafts, including Kevin McCarthy, Susan Bodilly, and Catherine Augustine of RAND, Ralph Smith of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Richard Deasy of the Arts Education Partnership, Mark Slavkin of the Music Center of Los Angeles, Michael Faison of the Idaho Commission on the Arts, David Marshall of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Sherilyn Brown of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Marty Skomal of the Nebraska Arts Council, Steve Runk and Robin Middleman of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and Philip Horn and Heather Doughty of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

We also thank numerous others—education directors from other state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts, officials from national associations of performing arts organizations and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, state education policymakers, and arts journalists and educators—who provided data or took part in interviews, focus groups, or email exchanges during the course of this study. There are too many to name here, so we have listed them in Appendix A of this report and thank them collectively for taking the time to describe their organizations and activities and to bring us up to date on developments not yet documented. We also thank Elizabeth Ondaatje and Jennifer Novak of RAND, who helped conduct interviews and gather data for this report.

Finally, we are grateful to Jeri O’Donnell, our expert editor, who found many ways to improve our style, clarity, and consistency.

We want to emphasize, however, that the findings and recommendations in this report reflect our views as the authors and are not necessarily the views of those who contributed to our research, The Wallace Foundation, or the RAND Corporation itself.

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