The Arts Work Fund surveyed 70-some small and mid-sized Chicago arts organizations about their adaptation to the current economic climate, and has consolidated their responses into a Report on the Impact of Current Economic Conditions, available on its home page.
Most poignant result: “Those who were least financially literate were struggling prior to the recession and now are fully feeling its brunt–this cuts across budget size and discipline.”
It’s always been true: the arts groups which survive are not necessarily the ones producing the absolute best artistic product but the ones combining reasonably good artistic product with the necessary resources, managed skillfully. Remember that the next time you hear an actor or dancer or musician speak dismissively of the Board and businesspeople whose efforts put his/her work on the stage.
And Happy Tax Day to all.