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Lisa Kirchner

For immediate release:
November 4, 2002

Carnegie Mellon Center for Arts Management and Technology Announces Creation of Arts and Culture Observatory

Pittsburgh—The Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT) at Carnegie Mellon University has received grants from The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to establish a comprehensive database for arts organizations in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Arts and Culture Observatory will provide ongoing, objective data and analysis on the internal and contextual conditions of nonprofit, creative and cultural organizations.

The center, part of the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management, will host two town meetings to explain in more detail the mission of the observatory and to discuss how it will serve the needs of area organizations. Meetings are scheduled for 4 - 5:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11, at the Harris Theater, 809 Liberty Avenue, Downtown, and for 4 - 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, at The Frick Art and Historical Center Auditorium, 7227 Reynolds Street, Point Breeze. Refreshments will be served at each meeting.

The observatory will issue a number of reports each year on the state of the arts and culture in southwestern Pennsylvania. The goal is to provide timely and relevant information to help strengthen and inform planning, programming, management and fundraising decisions.

"These annual reports will present detailed analyses of the general conditions," said Dan J. Martin, associate professor and director of CAMT. "They also will provide arts leaders with comparative data and analysis specific to their own organizations and arts disciplines. Issue-specific reports will be published when timely and of interest to arts leaders or policy-makers."

Observatory reports will feature comparative analyses within and across disciplines and genres. As longitudinal data is collected, reports will be generated that forecast trends. Given the objective and independent nature of the collection and analysis, these reports also will assist philanthropies, service organizations and governmental agencies in developing arts policies and programs. The observatory will share its data with other research agencies so that more expansive analyses may be possible.

In addition to gathering more detailed data from across a broader spectrum of institutions than previously available, the observatory will collect information on related industries, including movie theater activity and attendance, commercial live-entertainment venues, such as amphitheatres, clubs, commercial theaters and touring productions, and leisure attractions, such as amusement parks, festivals and sporting events. The observatory also will research, examine and report on external environmental forces impacting the arts, culture and heritage institutions in the region.

Edna Neivert, executive director of the observatory, is a 1996 graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Master of Arts Management program and a magna cum laude graduate of Yale University. For more information, Neivert can be reached at 412-268-4890.

About the Center for Arts Management and Technology (CAMT)

CAMT was established by Professor Dan J. Martin in 1997 at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University in response to the professional arts community's significant interest in more sophisticated applied research into arts management issues, opportunities and challenges, including market research, communications strategies and systems, decision-support systems, and information and computer technology. CAMT is dedicated to research initiatives that are meaningful and useful to arts managers.


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