Arts Impact Resources

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2014 Otis Report on the Creative Economy
Otis School of Art & Design

Funded by the California Arts Council, this is the second annual report on California’s creative economy. It studies the economic and employment impact of creative industries as well as trends and earnings in the state’s creative workforce.
California Joint Committee on the Arts~ Sacramento,  April 2015

A Blueprint for Creative SchoolsA Blueprint for Creative Schools

A Report to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson by the Arts Education Task Force, 2015
A summary report of recommendations for how to make “a creative education possible for all of California’s students by making the arts a central component of curriculum,” as the website states .

Reports on the Ventura Art Scene Spark Discussion of Regional Arts Advocacy Strategy

KCET ARTBOUND, Tracy Hudak, 2013
Sitting on shelves and collecting dust are two important and revealing reports on the health and impact of the Ventura county art scene. For artists and arts organizations struggling to adapt to an uncertain future, the findings in these reports could help light the way. And they contain stories of a collective impact — and shared challenges — that provide enough fuel to spark a much-needed arts advancement strategy for the region.

1-AFTALogoLocal Arts Index Report for Ventura County

Americans for the Arts, 2012

Data on Ventura Arts Activity and Creative Businesses, their economic impact, revenues, support, consumer participation and expenditures, etc.  Offers comparisons to other counties, regions and national data. Not available online. Visit article or email Tracy Hudak for a copy.


5-New Engines Logo copyNew Engines For Growth: Five Roles for Arts, Culture and Design

National Governors Association, 2012

A comprehensive report brimming with ideas. Surveys the ways that states and cities across the country are enlisting arts, culture and design to create jobs and boost their economies in the short run and transition to an innovation-based economy in the long run.

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Soul of the Community by Knight Foundation & Gallup, 2010

What makes a community a desirable place to live? What draws people to stake their future in it? Are communities with more attached residents better off?Gallup and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched the Knight Soul of the Community project in 2008 with these questions in mind. After interviewing close to 43,000 people in 26 communities over three years, the study has found that three main qualities attach people to place: social offerings, such as entertainment venues and places to meet, openness (how welcoming a place is) and the area’s aesthetics (its physical beauty and green spaces.

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Ventura County and the Arts: Impact & Opportunity for Co2-Vc & the Artsmmunity

Ventura County Community Foundation, 2008
A preparation report for the ArtsLIVE initiative which provides important info on arts non-profits, the economic impact of arts and culture and the creative economy.


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Arts Education in California: Taking Stock of Policies and Practices
SRI International, 2007

An extensive survey of the availability and quality of arts education in CA schools.