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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 ...


Listening To What The World Says: Bilingualism And Earnings In The United States, Albert Saiz, Elena Zoido Aug 2005

Listening To What The World Says: Bilingualism And Earnings In The United States, Albert Saiz, Elena Zoido

Real Estate Papers

Is there a shortage of critical foreign language skills in the United States? Recent concerns about national security and economic globalization suggest increased demand and wage premia for foreign language speakers. The use of English as the international language, however, suggests a decrease in demand for foreign language skills in the United States. To address this question, we study a representative sample of U.S. college graduates. Ordinary least squares regressions with controls for cognitive ability, nonparametric methods based on the propensity score, and panel data methods suggest a 2%–3% wage premium for college graduates who can speak a ...


Philadelphia And Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project: Summary Of The Final Report, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Jun 2005

Philadelphia And Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project: Summary Of The Final Report, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

This document is a summary of the 2005 final report of the Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project. The summary outlines a resident and an organizational perspective as well as strategic challenges and opportunities to support the Knight Foundation goal of increasing cultural participation in North Philadelphia and Camden, NJ.


Philadelphia And Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project: Final Report, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Jun 2005

Philadelphia And Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project: Final Report, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

The Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project (Benchmark Project), undertaken from 2003 to 2005, was designed to document the current state of cultural participation in North Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. These two urban communities had been chosen by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for multi-year investment in order to broaden, deepen, and diversify resident participation in arts and cultural programs and events.

In the Benchmark Project final report, SIAP and partners—Research for Action and Alan S. Brown & Associates—provided a detailed description of cultural participation in five neighborhoods of North Philadelphia and Camden. Though ...


Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Presentation Of Neighborhood Survey Results, Alan S. Brown Jun 2005

Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Presentation Of Neighborhood Survey Results, Alan S. Brown

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

This presentation provides a summary of findings of a 2004 neighborhood survey of North Philadelphia and Camden, NJ conducted for the Benchmark Project. The slides summarize data on a range of activities, venues, and social context among adult residents of these predominantly low-income neighborhoods. Brown also outlines a framework for thinking about cultural participation based on "level of creative control."


Cultural Leaders’ Reflections On Cultural Participation And Preliminary Research, Elaine Simon, Gretchen Suess May 2005

Cultural Leaders’ Reflections On Cultural Participation And Preliminary Research, Elaine Simon, Gretchen Suess

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

In spring 2005, to gain feedback on preliminary findings from the Benchmark Project, Research for Action conducted two focus groups with twenty-one individuals identified as ‘cultural leaders’ who represented sixteen organizations in Camden and Philadelphia. Participants were drawn from Knight Foundation grantees along with others who played key roles in assisting with the research.

Findings from the Cultural Participation Benchmark Project resonated with these cultural leaders active in Camden and Philadelphia. Cultural leaders concurred that community-based organizations fill a gap or need for residents from low- or mixed-income minority neighborhoods, who often do not participate in “mainstream” arts activities to ...


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.


Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Neighborhood Survey, Alan S. Brown Mar 2005

Philadelphia-Camden Cultural Participation Benchmarking Project: Neighborhood Survey, Alan S. Brown

Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project

This document presents the findings of a neighborhood survey undertaken by Alan S Brown & Associates for the Benchmark Project. The study employed a door-to-door intercept methodology using a random sample of addresses in each of five neighborhoods—three in North Philadelphia and two in Camden, NJ. The resident survey, based on themes from Research for Action’s focus group work, investigated a broad range of cultural and creative activities and venues to build a participation profile of adults in the survey neighborhoods. The report also summarizes data on the social context of residents of these predominantly low-income neighborhoods. In his ...


On Demons, Dan Ben-Amos Jan 2005

On Demons, Dan Ben-Amos

Departmental Papers (NELC)

The year was 1966. The sixties were at their height, though we did not know it then. It was two years after the Beatles had landed in New York, and a year before the Six Day War. The Democratic convention in Chicago was still two years away. A group of us, all Israelis, came to UCLA, each for his own reasons. Ruth Kartun-Blum and her husband Amos were there, and so were Ella and Dan Almagor. Professor Joseph Dan, Yossi to his friends, who was the most academically senior among us, came to teach in the Near Eastern Languages and ...