As we enter the 21st Century, the arts and humanities
are facing dramatic and rapid changes. There is a growing crisis
in financing arts and cultural institutions; continued uncertainty
about the future role and presence of federal, state and local
governments in subsidizing the arts and humanities; a proliferation
of non-traditional artists and arts organizations at the community
level; a shift in characteristics and preferences of arts audiences;
the union of digital multimedia and the "information highway"
that is changing how audiences access art and cultural programs
as well as redefining the relationship between non-profit and
for-profit enterprises in the arts and humanities. These challenges
require private and public policy makers to be prepared to take
rapid action based on well-informed research and analysis. Unfortunately,
the field of arts and culture lags far behind education, health
and social services in terms of the quality and quantity of regularly
collected data and analysis.
In response to these challenges, the Center's primary mission
is field building.
The Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy
Studies was created to improve the clarity, accuracy and sophistication
of discourse about the nation's artistic and cultural life. Its
programs and activities are designed to create an infrastructure
of well-trained scholars who have access to regularly collected
information about cultural organizations, activities and providers
and who produce timely research and analysis on key topics in
arts and cultural policy. The Center's goals and objectives follow
directly from the mission statement. Through working papers and
research publications, graduate and undergraduate courses, data
collection and dissemination efforts, seminars, conferences, workshops,
research fellowships and grants, the Center will sponsor projects
designed to meet the following objectives:
• To encourage talented students to take an interest in
research on arts and cultural policy by offering undergraduate
and graduate courses in these topics; also, to create a small
cadre of talented young scholars who will devote a substantial
portion of their research time, now and in the future, to work
in the field of arts and cultural policy research.
• To undertake research of the highest quality on key topics
in arts and cultural policy and to make such research available
to the public, scholars and public and private policy makers.
• To provide a forum for conversation among scholars, artists,
arts managers, administrators of cultural programs and private
and public policy makers by sponsoring seminars, workshops and
conferences around topics of special interest.
• To stimulate and help facilitate the ongoing collection
and dissemination of high quality baseline data on arts organizations,
cultural grant-making and philanthropy, and participation in and
beliefs about the arts and humanities.
• To establish quality standards for cultural policy research
and educate the research community in their use. Also, to investigate
survey methodology and sampling strategies in an effort to collect
more reliable and more valid data on organizations, audiences,
artists and other providers of culture.