MG has been working on behalf of national and regional arts agencies and stakeholders to better understand public perceptions of arts and culture. This work is the underpinning of an effort to build greater public will for the arts and its important place in our communities.
Recently, MG and our partners in this work convened a group in Portland, Oregon to share early learnings from this research — and Oregon Public Broadcasting’s State of Wonder was on-hand to report on some of our findings and intended next steps.
The full story can be heard here (at the 22-minute mark).
Some favorite quotes:
“I think what I found to be most striking is the ‘creative expression lens,’ and how it invites people into a conversation about arts and culture… They don’t even see themselves as doing arts and culture activities; they see themselves as going to museums and going to festivals and reading books and creating music on their own. And somehow the word ‘art’ has gotten away… It’s time to really reframe what we mean about the core values of arts and culture so that it embraces more people.”
–Martha Richards, James and Marion Miller Foundation
“What was really interesting to me was this perception that people in [some] communities don’t believe they have access to arts and culture experiences, and the barriers that people in those communities often feel when you talk about professional performing arts? They just sort of go: ‘That’s not for us.’ Well, when you talk to them about whether or not they want to come see Romeo and Juliet, they say ‘Yeah! We really want to do that.'”
–Scott Palmer, Bag&Baggage Theater