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La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA. Photo by Jim Carmody. La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA. Photo by Jim Carmody.

DataArts Supports Arts and Culture

Resources for Arts Advocates

In the face of continuing threats to public funding for arts and culture, DataArts is proud to advance the sector by putting data and insights in service to advocacy efforts across the nation. 

Our Advocacy Report, an annual subscription service, is available for $99 for arts advocates. The reports draw on extensive cultural data sets and can be customized to present information at the national, state, and local legislative district levels. 

Subscribe to Our Advocacy Report

You can also try our free online course in advocacy, designed for arts professionals: Making the Case: Advocacy Basics for Arts Leaders.

The advocacy report is free to grantmakers in participation agreements. For more information on participation agreements, please contact

Preview our Free Online Advocacy Course

Designed for arts and culture professionals, our free online course includes the basics of building a relationship with elected officials, tips for creating persuasive messaging, and best practices for using data to understand and justify your organization’s position on an issue.


The online courses are made possible through support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation.

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