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New study released on how arts organizations learn, grow, and thrive

Arts Midwest is excited to announce the launch of Capacity building and resilience, a case study report that investigates how small and mid-sized arts organizations learn, adapt, and grow. Examining the experiences of eight ArtsLab participants, this report identifies four capacities that have helped organizations in Minnesota and North Dakota thrive in the face of operational challenges, staffing and leadership changes, and shifts in funding. Key takeaways offer insights for similar organizations seeking to build their resiliency and for grantmakers supporting the arts and culture sector.

Capacity Building and Resilience coverSince its inception in 1999, ArtsLab has helped artists, cultural leaders, and their organizations strengthen operations, build cross-sector relationships, develop leadership skills, and deepen their connections to their communities. Through in-person visits and interviews with staff, board, and artists from organizations participating in ArtsLab, the Capacity building and resilience report asks how the program supported growth. Accompanying videos produced by Minneapolis-based Ackerman + Gruber offer perspectives directly from the featured organizations on their new skills, approaches, and successes.

This report was written by consultant and writer Sarah Lutman of Lutman & Associates with research conducted by evaluator M. Christine Dwyer of RMC Research. ArtsLab is generously supported by The McKnight Foundation, United Arts Fund, F.R. Bigelow Foundation, Mardag Foundation, The Saint Paul Foundation, Bush Foundation, and Wallace Foundation.

Visit the report website