Dear Network Members,
Please save the date of May 15th for an event at the Cultural Center on this project.
You may have heard something about a new service for arts and culture non-profits called the Cultural Data Project. It started in Pennsylvania and next launched in Marylandand then California, and next is Illinois: organizations across the state will receive a letter and/or email announcement on May 1st and then the new system will be highlighted at the Illinois Arts Alliance’s “One State” conference in Peoria on June 1st and 2nd. It sounds like a very exciting development for all of us, a great new tool to help all of us understand our organization better and make good business decisions, without being turned into accountants or having to hire consultants. Imagine being able to generate those quarterly board reports with two mouseclicks, or being able to just point-and-click and compare our organization’s revenues or staffing or attendance to other groups in our area or our discipline or of about our size.
Meanwhile advocates for the arts, such as the Alliance, are very excited that this system will provide them for the first time with real hard data (not samples or surveys) with which to make the case to policymakers about the importance and value of arts and culture organizations. Lots of free training will be offered all over the state starting in May, and starting this summer the new system will start rationalizing those frustrating grant applications: no more filling out the same financial information differently for each funder!