Professor Francie Ostrower of the LBJ School and the College of Fine Arts, , Director of the Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship and a senior fellow at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service talks with the Wallace Foundation about her findings in the literature review and research about audience-building efforts for nonprofit performing arts. The Wallace Foundation commissioned and funded the project, which will ultimately include two more reports.
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The LBJ School's RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and Texas host committee convened more than 800 scholars and practitioners on the theme "From Relief to Resilience: How Philanthropy, Nonprofits and Volunteers Bridge the Gap between Crisis and Sustainability" at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) 47th annual conference, held in Austin Nov. 15-17.
Keeping art alive takes cash. Since its founding in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has supplied money to artists and organizations all over the U.S., the Texan art scene prominent among them. Since 2010, Austin alone has received close to $11 million in NEA grants. Through this number, it's clear to see that the city owes at least part of its reputation as a creative capital to the federal government. However, now the value of this support is being questioned.
Are foundations with set periods for spending down their assets more effective as grantmakers than their peers who are established to exist in perpetuity? This is a longstanding discussion among philanthropists, with an article on the topic by Ray Madoff and Rob Reich published just yesterday in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. But Francie Ostrower, who has done extensive and in-depth research into this aspect of foundations, has some answers that may surprise readers and spark dialogue among advocates either of limited life or philanthropic immortality—so weigh in!
July 22, 2015 – LBJ School Professor and RGK Center Senior Fellow Francie Ostrower is the recipient of a $3.5 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to study how performing arts organizations can develop approaches to attracting new audiences with the aim of generating useful lessons for arts organizations across the nation. Ostrower, who was selected through a competitive process, holds a joint appointment in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the College of Fine Arts
Operas, ballet groups and theatre companies are finding it’s getting harder to keep audiences engaged. A new study aims to find out what works — and what doesn’t.
From 2002-12, attendance at arts organizations declined from 39 percent to 33 percent. In a Sept. 26, 2013 article in The New York Times, Patricia Cohen wrote that the downward slope was continuing, especially in the theater. Last week, UT professor Francie Ostrower became the recipient of a $3.5 million Wallace Foundation grant—the largest sponsored research grant received by a professor in the College of Fine Arts in the history of the university—to study how arts organizations are combating that trend.
A University of Texas fine arts professor has received a $3.5 million grant from the Wallace Foundation to study ways that arts organizations can grow their audiences and donor base. The grant was given to UT professor Francie Ostrower, who will conduct a six-year study of 26 performing arts organizations across the country and look at how dance, music, opera, theater and interdisciplinary groups bring on new members and supporters while also retaining existing membership. Ballet Austin is one of the groups that will be studied.
University of Texas at Austin Professor Francie Ostrower is the recipient of a $3.5 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to study how performing arts organizations can develop approaches to attracting new audiences with the aim of generating useful lessons for arts organizations across the nation. Ostrower, who was selected through a competitive process, holds a joint appointment in the College of Fine Arts and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
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