Evolving Arts Ecosystems: A Study of Miami

Evolving Arts Ecosystems: A Study of Miami

Miami's arts ecosystem has grown stronger over the past decade, as new organizations have emerged and anchor institutions have matured, a report from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation finds. The report, Evolving Arts Ecosystems: A Study of Miami (31 pages, PDF), identified 276 arts organizations operating in the city in 2015, with community (35), dance (28), music (27), and arts education (26) organizations among the most numerous and 56 (20 percent) established since 2005. According to the report, total spending by arts organizations increased 168 percent between 2005 and 2015, and while Miami has fewer arts organizations than other cities examined in the study, it has a larger share of institutions with budgets between $500,000 and $5 million. The report also found that attendance at arts events grew 27 percent between 2004 and 2015, outpacing population growth (16 percent) in the region; that arts organizations saw a 21 percent increase in earned revenue between 2011 and 2015; and that foundation funding for Miami arts groups increased 1,265 percent over the past decade, driven largely by support from Knight.

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