The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland has worked since its founding at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2001 to address one aspect of America's racial divide: the disparity between arts organizations of color and mainstream arts organizations. Through this work, the DeVos Institute staff has developed a deep and abiding respect for the artistry, passion, and dedication of the artists of color who have created their own organizations. Our hope is that this project will initiate action to ensure that the diverse and glorious quilt that is the American arts ecology will be maintained for future generations.
This study was commissioned by the University of Maryland, College Park. It is a component of a broader look at diverse arts organizations that also included three symposia on this vital topic. While the DeVos Institute of Arts Management is grateful to the University, especially its President, Wallace Loh, all errors are those of the authors.