Data Arts (cultural data project)
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The Maine Arts Commission is a partner in the SMU-DataArts project. All organizations applying to the Maine Arts Commission are encouraged to use the FREE SMU-DataArts system. DataArts is a national dataset of information dedicated to illuminating strengths, challenges, and opportunities for American arts organizations. By completing an annual DataArts survey you will have access to visualization tools to better inform stakeholders and tell your story. You will also be contributing to a clearer understanding of the value of the arts to our state and to our nation. For more information on what a DataArts profile is, how it will benefit your organization, and how to get started, go to

Once you have completed a Cultural Data Profile, the SMU DataArts platform offers a wealth of reporting tools. SMU DataArts is striving to build a national culture of data-driven decision making for those who want to see the arts and culture sector thrive. They make data useful and accessible to all in the arts and culture field, illuminating strengths, challenges and opportunities for individual arts organizations and for the sector as a whole, to help ensure long-term stability. If you would like to create a Cultural Data Profile Funders’ Report from DataArts, please click here to learn how to generate the correct report.

UPDATE: as of June 10, 2021

The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) was streamlined in December 2020. Since then, over 2,500 CDPs have been completed by arts and cultural organizations, and we asked them to share their thoughts. Join us for a presentation on the results from evaluation surveys to help us learn about the overall experience and value perception compared to prior evaluation results.  
This webinar will also provide general SMU DataArts updates that affect participating grantmakers, including recent improvements on accessibility for applicants.

SMU DataArts Mission
To empower arts and cultural leaders with high-quality data and evidence-based resources and insights that help them to overcome challenges and increase impact.

DataArts began in Pennsylvania as the Cultural Data Project in 2004. It was a collaborative venture of visionary funders and arts advocates with a sweeping goal: to address a longstanding need for detailed, reliable information on nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations, and by doing so, strengthen management, philanthropy, research, and public policy.

By 2013, the data collection and reporting effort, then housed within The Pew Charitable Trusts, had been replicated in 13 states and Washington, With the generous transition support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, The Kresge Foundation, William Penn Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, the CDP became an independent nonprofit organization.

In 2016, guided by a refined mission and a new strategy, the Cultural Data Project became DataArts. Thename reflects an evolution beyond data collection and reporting to something bigger: advancing a new field of practice and sharing resources for data-savvy cultural leadership in the twenty-first century.

Learn more and create your own account at:

DataArts Staff Contact: 
Kerstin Gilg  207-287-6719
Director of Grants & Accessibility

Get Started in our Grants Management System (GMS)

Apply for a Grant

Need More Help?
For General Questions:
Director of Grants & Accessibility
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
Help by Discipline:

Interim Media & Performing Arts Director
Meg Fournier: 287-2713

Assistant Director, Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2750

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741