The Overlooked Anchors

Resource Question(s): MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION
Audience: Arts organizations

The Overlooked Anchors: Advancing a New Standard of Practice for Arts and Culture Organizations to Create Equitable Opportunity in America’s Cities is based on a rigorous assessment of anchor strategies and 125 arts and culture organizations in 57 U.S. cities, to offer recommendations on how arts organizations, anchor collaboratives and funders can work together to increase social and economic opportunity in disinvested communities. Anchor strategies designed to drive significant growth in cities by leveraging the scale of universities, hospitals and other large institutions emerged over 20 years ago. Yet despite the documented contributions of arts and cultural organizations locally, the sector is often excluded from anchor collaboratives. The report was authored by the Initiative for a Competetive Inner City and supported by The Kresge Foundation.