Randy I. Cohen
Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's advocacy organization for the arts. A member of the staff since 1991, 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 703,000 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. 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 49 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 served as its managing director, as well as worked in medical research for Stanford University and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. His board work includes the League of Historic American Theaters. He was Chairman of the Takoma Park Arts & Humanities Commission for three years, during which time the Commission completed a cultural plan, established the city’s Poet Laureate and public art programs, and a million dollar conversion of the city council chambers into a performing arts space.
Americans for the Arts Staff Information
Recent Blog Posts
- Arts & Economic Prosperity 5: How the Nonprofit Arts & Culture Industry Impacts the Economy in Your Community
- Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2017
- Fifteen Things Americans Believe About the Arts
- Americans Speak Out About the Arts: An In-Depth Look at Perceptions and Attitudes about the Arts in America
- Americans Support Increases in Government Arts Funding
- The American Public Says YES to Arts Education!
- 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2016
- What’s Measured Matters . . . Private Giving to Arts & Culture: Way Up in 2014!
- Think Local! An Interview with Randy Cohen and Michael Killoren
- Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2015
- What’s Measured, Matters . . .
- The Nonprofit Finance Fund's 2014 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey
- Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2014
- BEA’s Arts in the GDP Study: How You Can Help Make it Great
- The Health and Vitality of the Arts
- 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2013
- Local Arts Index: The Performing Arts and Arts Education
- Local Arts Index: Museums, Zoos, Libraries, and More
- Local Arts Index: The Competitive Environment for the Nonprofit Arts
- Local Arts Index: How Many Artists are Working in Your County?
- Local Arts Index: How Many Nonprofit Arts Organizations Are There?
- Local Arts Index: NEA & State Arts Agency Grants in Your County
- Without the Data, You’re Just Another Person with an Opinion
- 10 Reasons to Support the Arts in 2012 (from Arts Watch)
- Poof! The IRS Revokes Tax Exemption for 20,000+ Arts Groups (Updated!)
- The Top 10 Reasons to Support the Arts (from Arts Watch)
- It's All in the Data: Supply and Demand for the Arts
- Introducing the National Arts Index (from Arts Watch)
- ArtCast: Randy Cohen Introduces the National Arts Index
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- On the Road to Prosperity in Chicago, IL...
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