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Video Published: 30 Sep 2021

The Dimensions of Demographic Research

Demographic research has become a top priority among public arts agencies, private funders, and arts organizations as our field advances its commitment to racial justice and equity. For many, this is a new area of activity filled with more questions than answers. First-person or third-party reporting? Anonymous or identified? What factors increase or hinder participation? What information can be shared and with whom?

This session, co-presented by the Black Opera Alliance, features research experts and practitioners who will explore standard practices, enhance our ability to know more about the people we serve and employ, and track our progress toward the diversity we want to achieve.


Edward Yim, Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President, WQXR (moderator)
Henri Benaim, Assistant General Counsel, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Rachel B. Cowen, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Zyda Culpepper, Soprano; Member, Leadership Council, Black Opera Alliance
Jim DeGood, Vice President of Client Services, TRG
Sunil Iyengar, Director, Office of Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts