Local Arts Agency Field Surveys
Recorded On: 03/25/2019
About this Webinar
What is the current state of the local arts agency field? This webinar will discuss the findings of two new research reports: the 2018 Local Arts Agency Profile and the 2018 Local Arts Agency Salary and Compensation report. These statistical reports provide detailed information on the current health and condition of the local arts agency field. Join us as Randy Cohen, Vice President of Policy and Research at Americans for the Arts discusses the overall findings of the new reports; and Ruby Lopez Harper discusses what the findings mean for the local arts agency field.
- Attendees will learn about trends in Local Arts Agency programming and services
- Attendees will learn about trends in Local Arts Agency revenues and expenditures (budgets)
- Attendees will learn about Local Arts Agency salaries, benefits, and staff demographics
Vice President of Research and Policy, Americans for the Arts
Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, policy, and using the arts to address community development issues. He recently published Americans Speak Out About the Arts, a national study about the public’s opinions and participation in the arts. He publishes The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts as well as the two premier economic studies of the arts industry—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, an annual mapping study of the nation’s 675,000 arts establishments and their employees. Randy led the development of the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture, launched in 2006 in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts Blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year.
Ruby Lopez Harper
Director of Local Arts Services
Ruby is the Director of Local Arts Services for Americans for the Arts. She is the Co-chair for the National Coalition on Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response, serves as Co-chair on the Support for Individual Artist Steering Committee for Grantmakers in the Arts and serves on the WETA Community Advisory Council. She is also on the board of the Gard Foundation. Prior to joining AFTA, Ruby was the Director of Grants and Services at the Greater Columbus Arts Council in Columbus, OH. At the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ruby focused on grantmaking, community development, economic development and tourism, and public art. She has a varied background that includes corporate affairs, marketing, and business administration. She served on the Emerging Leaders Council for Americans for the Arts and was the primary contact for the Arts and Economic Impact Study for Central Ohio. She also worked with PhilanthropyOhio on their Member Services Committee.