|Inspiring Creative Learning and Vying for Corporate Support: The Relationship Between Arts Education Organizations and The Corporate Funder|
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Arts Administration, Arts Administration Program Theses (Permission Required), Arts Administration: General, Development, Philanthropy
Tags: Arts Education Organizations, corporate, Corporate Funding
Description/Abstract: This thesis evaluates the current state of corporate funding for arts education organizations by looking closely at the relationships between four arts education organizations and corporate funders. Based on recent corporate funding trends, education is the highest funded sector, while arts remain the lowest. Thus, these corporate funding relationships were explored to better realize the ways in which arts administrators working in organizations committed to both arts and education, make a strong case for their organization's need for funding. Findings include the ways in which these relationships are initiated, developed and maintained. Further, the factors that arts administrators incorporate into their communication with corporate funders about their organizations, and the tactics used to make this information best understood are explored. It was felt that current research on the benefits of arts education, along with careful, creative and dedicated development tactics would prove beneficial in the formation, and solidification, of these funding relationships.