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Cultural Investments: Economic Impact of the Arts

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. 
Photograph by Tim Hursley.

A new University of Chicago study analyzed over 800 capital campaigns for U.S.-based cultural institutions and discovered that more than 80% of the projects went over budget, sometimes forcing staff cuts and in drastic cases causing institutions to shut down.

In this second program of the Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future series, a panel of economists, arts advocates, and staff from cultural institutions offer suggestions on how to avoid fiscal calamity, discusses the long-term, community-wide economic impact of cultural institutions, and provides tips on how to plan for sustainable cultural development.

Panelists include:
• Joanna Woronkowicz, author of “Set in Stone” University of Chicago Report
• Randy Cohen, vice president for policy & research, Americans for the Arts
• Karen L. Christiansen, chief operating officer, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 
• Inga Safron, architecture critic, Philadelphia Inquirer (moderator)

1.5 LU HSW (AIA)

$12 Members; FREE Students; $20 Non-members. Prepaid registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

Other lectures in the series:
February 25
Cultural Drivers
April 10
Industry to Art: Revitalizing Cities through Culture

Culture as Catalyst: Past, Present, Future is generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and McGraw-Hill Construction.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

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