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SMU DataArts

SMU DataArts, a joint project of the Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business at SMU, compiles and analyzes data on arts organizations and their communities nationwide and develops reports on important issues in arts management and patronage. Its findings are available free of charge to arts leaders, funders, policymakers, researchers and the general public.

The vision of DataArts is to build a national culture of data-driven decision making for those who want to see the arts and culture sector thrive. Its mission is to empower arts and cultural leaders with high-quality data and evidence-based resources and insights that help them to overcome challenges and increase impact. Publications include white papers on culturally specific arts organizations, the egalitarian nature of the arts in America, gender equity in art museum directorships, and more, as well as reports on the health of the U.S. arts and cultural sector, and the annual Arts Vibrancy Index, which highlights the 40 most arts-vibrant communities around the country. For more information, visit


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