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Demographic Measurement - In 2017, we created and launched a baseline demographic survey of the local arts field. The questions in this survey were developed by studying surveys used by a range of progressive associations and researchers and built a set of demographic questions that are highly inclusive and forward-thinking.

Assessing Field Practice – In 2018, we fielded a survey to more deeply understand how the local arts field was pursuing equity in investment practice. The resulting report sheds light on ongoing progress in the field, as well as areas where more work needs to be done.

Assessing Salary, Compensation, and Satisfaction – In 2013 and again in 2018, Americans for the Arts researched the salaries and compensation of various positions in the local arts field. In the 2018 edition, we incorporated questions related to demographics and job satisfaction. This report will be published in February 2018.

Compiling Practice, Encouraging Change – In 2018, we launched the Arts + Social Impact Explorer and associated Fact Sheets, which intersect the arts with 25 other sectors, and highlight the ways that the impact of the arts is intertwined with equity. Also in 2018, our Animating Democracy program released the Aesthetics Perspectives framework, a research-backed way of re-envisioning how art is assessed in grants panels and elsewhere that centers equity and non-dominant frameworks of excellence and aesthetic quality.