In the Sunday (5/31) New York Times, Robin Pogrebin outlines details of the Cultural Data Project, a program offered by the Pennsylvania-based Pew Charitable Trusts. “On Monday the Pew Charitable Trusts is to bring a program to New York that provides cultural organizations with full-time on-call free technical assistance. The program, the Cultural Data Project, has been operating in Pennsylvania since 2004 and moved into other states, including Illinois, last month. It is intended to help arts groups professionally present themselves to supporters, to help their staffs and boards make informed decisions and to allow for peer comparison. The groups annually enter their management, programming and financial information, creating a statewide database; organizations also get access to accounting experts and technical assistance, analytical tools and reports. The project is also intended to help streamline grant applications. Pew was advised by a coalition of underwriters and arts advocacy groups, including New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts and Time Warner.” The Cultural Data Project was profiled in the January-February issue of Symphony magazine and can be viewed here.

Posted June 1, 2009