While ArtsNow is not a grant-making organization, we do offer tools, resources, and opportunities to ensure our colleagues and partners have access to information that will be helpful in their work. This page includes local, regional, and national reports that can assist you in telling your story as an organization or agency. We also share links to other resources provided by entities like Americans for the Arts.

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Links for Arts Educators

Summary Report: Arts Educators’ Professional Development Needs Survey

GAR’s microgrant program for teachers

The Art of Ed

Art Education Resource Guide

ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center’s Arts Education Network

Public Art

Americans for the Arts Public Art Resource Center

How to Find Public Art Projects Online: CaFE (Call For Entry)

Policy and Procedures: Visual Artists Rights Act

The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions by Lynn Basa

The Art Opportunities Book by Benny Shaboy

The Business of Being an Artist by Daniel Grant

Artist  Entrepreneur

Insurance Info for Artists

Artist Help Network


Disability Language Style Guide

Terms to Avoid When Writing About Disability

Make Your Marketing More Accessible_VSAO_ArtsNow 2019

Interesting Reports & Stats

The 2019 US Cities Sustainable Development Report

Setting the Stage_External Report (an overview of the work that stemmed from the gathering of ArtsNow, Partners for Theatre, and the Akron Civic to discuss the changing theatre landscape in Summit County and to set the stage for work ahead)

Racial Equity & Arts Funding

Creative Placemaking: Culture in Community Development

How the United States Fund Arts (a comprehensive overview of the diverse network of public and private funders that directly and indirectly support the arts in the U.S.)

VSA Ohio: Research Results – “Adaptation, Integration and the Arts” Makes a Difference

Americans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018: An In-depth Look at Perceptions & Attitudes About the Arts in America

GIA’s Annual Research on Support for Arts and Culture 2017

Museums as Economic Engines

Arts & Culture Landscape Study (the start of it all!)

Greater Ohio Policy Center (January 2016) 62.4 Report: Profile on Urban Health and Competitiveness in Akron, Ohio

Blue Ribbon Task Force Final Report and Recommendations

Greater Ohio Policy Center (February 2017): Opportunities for Residential Reinvestment in Akron’s Neighborhoods

Greater Ohio Policy Center (June 2016) From Akron to Zanesville: How Are Ohio’s Small and Mid-Sized Cities Faring?

Soul of the Community (November 2010)

Soul of the Community (November 2010) Full Report

Attracting and Retaining Talent to Greater Akron: Research, Report and Recommended Actions (August 2005)

Ohio Community Development

Ohio CDC Association 2016 Annual Report

An Overview of Community Development Corporations Creative Ohio: Transforming Communities (December 2015)

Tips & Tricks for Nonprofits

VolunteerPro- Expert Training for Volunteer Coordinators

Four Bold Moves: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay CEO shares lessons for fundraising capacity, resource investment, board engagement, and cash reserves

Funding Performance: Network Effect – A Profile of Venture Philanthropy Partners

Board Stewardship for Mission Effectiveness and Performance

Graceful Exit: Succession Planning for High-Performing CEOs

Effective Working Groups: Collective Process, Smart Solutions

Funding Performance: A Profile of the Mulago Foundation

Small But Mighty: The Performance Imperative for Small Nonprofits

Three Truths and a Lie About Organizational Performance (video)

Forging a Path to Educational Excellence: How a young organization used the Performance Practice to examine its role

Performance Practice for New Leaders

Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social-Sector Excellence

Handbook for Nonprofits (June 2012) from Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Starting a Nonprofit in Ohio

The Cycle and the Annotated Cycle