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ERIC Number: ED368663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 133
Abstractor: N/A
Cultural Centers of Color: Report on a National Survey.
Bowles, Elinor
This document is a report on the achievements, work, and needs of African American, Asian American, Latino American, Native American and multiethnic arts organizations throughout the United States. The data analyzed in this report were developed through a 1990 survey report that provided statistical data and information about the programs, goals, aspirations, and problems of a wide variety of culturally diverse arts organizations. Within the broader field of more than 1,700 organizations that characterized themselves as serving culturally diverse communities were some 543 that identified themselves as having more than 50 percent of their staffs, boards, artists, or audiences composed of members of the community they serve. This document is an illustrated analysis of the data focusing on these 543 arts organizations, supplemented by information gathered through extensive field interviews. The purpose of this report was to inform the field itself, as well as policymakers and funders about the nature, activities, and problems of these organizations. The document discusses the historical background in which growing awareness of the nation's cultural diversity has been influenced by four factors: (1) continuing cultural cross-fertilization; (2) efforts to validate indigenous U.S. art; (3) private and public sector initiatives to make a range of quality arts available to communities that have had little access to major cultural institutions; and (4) efforts to validate the artistic contributions of diverse U.S. ethnic communities. Discussion includes general characteristics and artistic discipline, ethnic communities, regional variations, critical issues, and profiles of 13 centers. A directory of the responding organizations is arranged by state. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: NuStats, Inc., Austin, TX.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A