You wouldn't get much of an argument if you said that arts and data are just barely on speaking terms. Rarely have they interacted for strategic purposes. But for the first time in Southeast Michigan we're able to employ increasingly robust data to map out the broader cultural landscape in a user-friendly, relevant, and visually distinct way.
For more than a year, the Sustain Arts research team has located, gathered, cleaned, reconciled, integrated, and analyzed more than a dozen highly relevant national, regional, and local data sets that collectively begin to tell a cogent story about the arts and cultural sector in the region. These data sets enable us to examine the interrelationships among organizations and their capitalization patterns, shifting demographics, and participation trends.
The result is Sustain Arts/SE Michigan: A Portrait of the Cultural Ecosystem, a report of key learnings from the four counties stakeholders agreed had the largest share of arts and cultural activity in the region: Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne. This report accompanies a state-of-the-art online platform that allows users to explore the data in-depth.