Arts Advocacy Made Easy: Texas Joins Cultural Data Project

organized_artTexas is now the 13th state to join the nation Cultural Data Project (CDP), giving arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and disciplines access to technology tools and services designed to help collect, organize, generate, and compare those all-important numbers and metrics. The Texas website is now up and available for free use.

Besides helping to quickly and easily generate grant requests and grant reports, the CDP sees itself primarily as advocacy tool, standardizing and professionalizing information that demonstrates the importance of arts and cultural organizations. “The results are eye opening,” says Julie Farr, executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. “Nowhere else can arts organizations quickly compare themselves to peers, easily understand the state of their business, and recognize internal trends.”

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