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The non-profit arts industry in Maryland has a $1.07 billion annual economic impact in our state. How do we know?

Because all MSAC grantee organizations submit their financial data to DataArts each year.

DataArts then generates a report that is submitted to the MSAC along with each grant application from an organization or County Arts Council. In turn, the MSAC tracks and measures the annual economic impact of the arts in Maryland, releasing a comprehensive report each year. The report shows legislators and other stakeholders in Maryland that the arts mean jobs and business across our entire state.

DataArts is a required part of Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grants for Organizations (GFO) applications, and Community Arts Development (CAD) applications. Now operating in 12 states and DC, the CDP is an emerging national standard that gathers reliable data on arts and cultural organizations to provide consistent, reliable, comprehensive data on arts and culture in Maryland and nationally.

DataArts' mission is to strengthen the national nonprofit arts and cultural sector by collecting and disseminating comprehensive, high-quality longitudinal data that supports fact-based decision-making in three key ways:

  • It helps arts and cultural organizations improve their financial management and services to their communities.
  • It enables researchers, advocates, and policymakers to better tell the story of the sector’s assets, contributions, and needs.
  • It helps grant makers more effectively plan for and evaluate their individual and collective grant-making activities.

DataArts impacts the cultural community in the following ways:

  • Individual arts and cultural organizations improve their financial and operational capacity to serve their constituents better.
  • Fact-based information advances learning and exchange among the cultural sector, policymakers, and civic leaders.
  • Funders plan for and evaluate their individual and collective grant-making activities more effectively.

DataArts was operated by The Pew Charitable Trusts until 2013 and is now an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a national board of directors and governance structure.

A name change from the Maryland Cultural Data Project to "DataArts" took effect January 2016.

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