2020 Profile of Local Arts Agencies: Pandemic Edition
Recorded On: 06/17/2021
About this Webinar
This webinar will discuss findings from the 2020 Profile of Local Arts Agencies, our annual survey of the LAA field. Conducted during the fall of 2020, the findings provide a first look at how LAAs have been impacted by, and are responding to, the pandemic. Join us as Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts, discusses the budgets, programs, and operations of the nation’s local arts agencies and shares the updated interactive LAA Dashboard and online tools.
- Attendees will learn about trends in Local Arts Agency revenues and expenditures as well as financial and programmatic outlook and how those have been affected by the pandemic.
Vice President of Research
Americans for the Arts
Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research at Americans for the Arts—the national advocacy organization for the arts—where he has been empowering arts advocates since 1991. Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, and using the arts to address community development issues. He publishes Americans Speak Out About the Arts, the nation’s largest public opinion study about the arts, and produces the two premier economic studies of the arts—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national economic impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, a mapping study of the nation’s 675,000 arts businesses and their employees. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts blog received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year. Randy led the development of The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the U.S. and the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture—launched in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. In the late 1990’s, Randy collaborated with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities to create Coming Up Taller, the White House report on arts programs for youth-at-risk; and the U.S. Department of Justice to produce the YouthARTS Project, the first national study to statistically document the impact of arts programs on at-risk youth. A sought-after speaker, Randy has given speeches in all 50 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.
Randy has been a policy specialist for the National Endowment for the Arts, founded the San Diego Theatre for Young Audiences, and worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters. Randy is a past Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and led the development of a million-dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.
Research & Evaluation Manager
Americans for the Arts
Eager to lend his skills to advance the arts, Isaac has held multiple positions since arriving at Americans for the Arts in 2016, including Research Associate, Membership Data Associate, Data Analytics & Insights Coordinator, and most recently, Research & Evaluation Manager.
A lifetime dabbler in multiple art forms, Isaac majored in psychology by day and wrote and performed sketch comedy by night at the College of Wooster in Ohio. While completing his M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Washington he helped administer a grant from NIH centered on training teachers to use neuroscience principles in their classrooms.
For fun he enjoys supporting his soccer team, Manchester City, and butchering songs on the banjo, piano, and ukulele. He’s also a writer of young adult fiction. His debut novel comes out summer 2021.