Sustain Arts / Bay Area (ARCHIVE)

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Sustain Arts is a collaborative effort to connect knowledge and networks, building the collective capacity of the cultural sector, one region at a time. Sustain Arts/Bay Area is the realization of that endeavor, serving the San Francisco Bay Area, including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties.

Sustain Arts/Bay Area Platform

The Sustain Arts/Bay Area platform was designed by and for those working in the region’s arts and cultural ecosystem, including:

  • Executive directors, marketing and development staff at non-profits
  • Foundation program officers
  • Artists
  • Trustees and individual donors
  • Creative industry leaders
  • Public advocates and policy-makers
  • Researchers and journalists

The intuitive visualizations of funding, audience participation, and organizational data enhances the public’s understanding of the region’s cultural assets and contributes to informed strategies for sustaining them.

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“A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem”

In the process of gathering, reconciling, and analyzing data available on the SA/Bay Area platform, the project team simultaneously identified key insights about the region’s arts and cultural sector.

The result is Sustain Arts/Bay Area: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem, a regional key learnings snapshot available as a visual summary.

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Sustain Arts/Bay Area is a collaborative undertaking, with input from regional and national leaders in art and culture. The Bay Area local home for Sustain Arts includes a consortium of Arts for a Better Bay Area, Dancers Group, Silicon Valley Creates, and Theatre Bay Area.

The platform is powered by Archipelago, a product of Fractured Atlas , with data visualizations provided by Stamen Design. A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem was authored by Candid (formerly Foundation Center). The Hauser Institute for Civil Society at Harvard University is responsible for Sustain Arts’ vision, strategy, field relationships, and project management.

The project has intentionally assembled a broad cohort of individual and institutional funders, all of who believe strongly in data-driven decision-making. A complete list can found here.