Sustain Arts / Southeast Michigan (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/SE Michigan is the realization of that endeavor, serving the Detroit-metro area, including Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties.

Sustain Arts/SE Michigan Platform

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

  • Executive directors, communicators, and fundraisers
  • Foundation program officers
  • Artists
  • Trustees and individual donors
  • Creative industry leaders
  • Public advocates and policy-makers
  • Researchers and journalists

The use of intuitive visualizations on funding, participation, and makes this information accessible to the general public.

Click here to access this free and open technology.

“A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem”

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

The result is Sustain Arts/SE Michigan: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem. This regional key learnings report is available in full and as a visual summary.

Click here to download.


Sustain Arts/SE Michigan is a collaborative undertaking, with input from regional and national leaders in art and culture. The Southeast Michigan institutional home of Sustain Arts is ArtServe Michigan , with the support of CultureSource and DC3 .

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.