For SMU DataArts, 2022 was a year of introspection and evolution as we embraced a new mission and three-year strategy which will guide our work through 2023 and beyond. It was also a year of broadening and strengthening meaningful connections across the sector through presentations and online trainings, research projects and reports, and our data collection partnerships.
As we begin this new year, we look forward to applying the lessons that have emerged from the upheaval of the last few years and dedicating our efforts to providing the insights that communities and individuals need to build strong, vibrant, and equitable arts communities.
Arts and cultural organizations maintained steady growth in contributed revenue early in the pandemic, and they managed to do so while spending less on fundraising, thereby increasing their efficiency.
Two years after doors closed across the nation, we have the data that reveals how shifts in revenue impacted arts organizations and resulted in a greater reliance on giving.
By April of 2020, overall arts and culture unemployment rates spiked to nearly 30%, and BIPOC and disabled individuals were disproportionately affected.
New data suggests that waning vaccine efficacy, soaring infection rates, and breakthrough cases have shifted demand patterns among the vaccinated as people opt to just stay home.
The 2022 Arts Vibrancy Index includes cities listed for the first time: Salt Lake City, UT; Ann Arbor, MI; Kalamazoo-Portage, MI; and Brevard, NC.
Get an overview of the highlights, updates, and new perspectives accomplished by another year of national CDP participation.
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Fiscal Year 2022