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Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

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Artists And Their Social Networks, Metropolitan Philadelphia, 2004, Susan C. Seifert, Mark J. Stern, Mehreen Zaman Oct 2005

Artists And Their Social Networks, Metropolitan Philadelphia, 2004, Susan C. Seifert, Mark J. Stern, Mehreen Zaman

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

This paper reports the rationale, methodology, and findings of SIAP's Philadelphia Area Artists Survey 2004. SIAP undertook the survey as a first step toward the documentation and understanding of the region’s artists and their social networks. The study had four objectives: to address a gap in the literature by doing an empirical study of the social networks of artists; to document the informal dimensions of artists’ networking in metropolitan Philadelphia; to test methodologies to identify the universe of artists in the region and analyze their network strategies; and, finally, to advance SIAP’s understanding of the role of ...


Culture Vs. Policy: Introduction And Summary Of The Research, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Oct 2005

Culture Vs. Policy: Introduction And Summary Of The Research, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

This summary provides a descriptive overview of SIAP’s research from 2003 to 2005 in metropolitan Philadelphia. The authors argue that the papers produced by the Dynamics of Culture project document an early 21st century American city with a flourishing cultural sector--a community infrastructure full of vitality and promise, in spite of social policy, not because of it.


The Dynamics Of Cultural Participation: Metropolitan Philadelphia, 1996 - 2004, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Oct 2005

The Dynamics Of Cultural Participation: Metropolitan Philadelphia, 1996 - 2004, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

This paper uses data on over 800,000 cultural participants in 1996 and 2004 to examine changes in patterns of cultural participation over these years. The authors discover a consistent pattern in which areas of metropolitan Philadelphia with a large number of cultural organizations are those most likely to have high rates of participation. The connection between institutional presence and cultural engagement was one of SIAP’s first discoveries in the mid-1990s and remains one of its most durable findings.

With respect to change over time, there were also unexpected findings. Participation became more tied to both social class and ...


‘Natural’ Cultural Districts: Arts Agglomerations In Metropolitan Philadelphia And Implications For Cultural District Planning, Susan C. Seifert, Mark J. Stern Oct 2005

‘Natural’ Cultural Districts: Arts Agglomerations In Metropolitan Philadelphia And Implications For Cultural District Planning, Susan C. Seifert, Mark J. Stern

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

As older cities and towns retooled to accommodate post-industrialism, cultural districts have become popular strategies to promote tourism, revive downtowns, revitalize neighborhoods, and generally boost the local economy. While entertainment centers are hardly new to urban life, the cultural district as economic stimulus has become increasingly standard equipment in the planners’ toolbox. The typical district is “a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a city in which a high concentration of cultural facilities serves as the anchor or attraction.” Thus the cultural district is a strategy for simulating arts “consumption” and “event-related spending”, but planning largely ignores the production needs of ...


Artists In The Winner-Take-All Economy: Artists' Inequality In Six U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1980 – 2000, Mark J. Stern Oct 2005

Artists In The Winner-Take-All Economy: Artists' Inequality In Six U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1980 – 2000, Mark J. Stern

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

This paper addresses the implications of the winner-take-all economy for income inequality among artists. Using the U.S. census public-use samples, as refined by the Minnesota Population Center, it employs the standard measure of income inequality—the Gini coefficient—to examine income inequality among artists in six major metropolitan areas between 1980 and 2000. The paper compares income inequality among artists with that of other professional workers and among individual categories of artists. Finally, it examines inequality through the lens of ethnicity and gender.

The paper concludes that artists are an ‘old’ winner-take-all occupation. In 1980 artists displayed an unusually ...


Gauging The Informal Arts Sector Metropolitan Philadelphia, 2004, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert, Mehreen Zaman Oct 2005

Gauging The Informal Arts Sector Metropolitan Philadelphia, 2004, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert, Mehreen Zaman

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

The uncertain state of the traditional nonprofit has sparked interest in unincorporated cultural associations to maintain the vitality of the cultural sector. Despite increasing interest in and qualitative study of the role of the unincorporated groups and individuals in cultural production and participation, there are no data that allow assessment of their importance to the overall cultural sector.

In this paper, SIAP takes an alternative strategy for estimating the informal arts sector. The authors use a representative sample of artists to ask what proportion of artists’ professional activities takes place in the for-profit, nonprofit, and informal sectors. The analysis is ...


Arts In Place: Philadelphia's Cultural Landscape, Social Impact Of The Arts Project (Siap) May 2005

Arts In Place: Philadelphia's Cultural Landscape, Social Impact Of The Arts Project (Siap)

Dynamics of Culture—2003-2005

To inform the debate over costs vs benefits of arts-based development to neighborhood revitalization, Penn Urban Studies Program chose "arts in place" as the theme of its Third Annual Public Conversation Series 2003-04. This document is a synthesis of the narratives and insights gleaned from the series--eight events with 23 speakers over five months--to share with a wider audience. The report describes the models and theories about how the arts influence development raised in six site-based discussions. Lastly, the report presents themes and issues that cut across Philadelphia's cultural landscape aired during the culminating session and throughout the series.