On July 1, 2013, Texas became the 13th state to join the national Cultural Data Project (CDP), providing arts and cultural organizations across the state access to a range of technology tools; services to help strengthen their management capacity; and resources to demonstrate their value and impact within their community. A consortium of public and private funders in Texas, including Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the Houston Endowment, joined forces to make the CDP’s web-based data collection and analytical tools available for both organizations and their advocates.
The CDP, now DataArts, offers a user-friendly online system for reporting historic organizational and financial data. To participate, organizations fill out a Cultural Data Profile once each year. After an organization has completed its first profile, DataArts' technology will enable participants to run powerful reports instantly, providing the the ability to:
- Analyze operations over time and inform both management and strategic planning;
- Submit a standardized part of the grant application process to participating grantmakers; and
- Make a case to board members, potential donors, grantmakers, advocates and policy makers.
DataArts is provided to all nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, in Texas, free of charge. Participating grantmakers are committed to strengthening the cultural sector in Texas and many recommend or require participation in DataArts as part of their grant application—or reporting processes—over the next several years.
PLEASE NOTE: HAA directly integrates data from DataArts into its grants applications. Get started today by creating a profile.
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For more information, contact Deidre Thomas at 713.527.9330 ex. 130 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DataArts is a nonprofit organization that empowers the arts and cultural sector with high-quality data and resources in order to strengthen its vitality, performance, and public impact. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts is a catalyst for data-informed decision-making that results in stronger management for arts and cultural organizations, better-informed philanthropy, and a rich information resource for advocates and researchers. For more information, visit www.culturaldata.org.