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CELESTE SMITH (Photos courtesy of Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council)

The state of the arts in Allegheny County is stable, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. It mirrors that in other parts of the country as detailed in a commissioned study shared with a cross section of  arts practitioners during a six hour presentation. The Unsung Majority, an exploratory study of area small and mid-sized arts organizations, was presented at the Kaufmann Auditorium last month to an audience of about 150.

A Consortium of Small Arts Funders (CSAF, or the Consortium)—including staff from The Heinz Endowments, The Pittsburgh Foundation, The McCune Foundation, The Allegheny Regional Asset District, and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council—have worked together since 2007 in an effort to think more strategically about their approach to funding arts and culture organizations with budgets under $1.5 million.

In the performing arts, resources tend to be concentrated among a few large organizations, a distribution seen across many areas of the broader nonprofit and commercial sectors. In the Pittsburgh region in 2010, the eight performing arts organizations with budgets over $1.5 million collectively spent $130 million to bring their work to the stage. In the performing arts, resources tend to be concentrated among a few large organizations, a distribution seen across many areas of the broader nonprofit and commercial sectors.

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