Databank: Arts Districts, Cultural Districts, Design Districts

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  • The number of  U.S. cities and towns with established arts, design or cultural districts ranked as the largest MSAs in the country which also are hosts to the most highly rated children's museums in the country
  • [Source: Staff ABSTRACT of the 2007 report - 7 Arts Foundation; All rights reserved ]

  • Members - Now, there's a statistical ABSTRACT featured on nearly every page.... over 60 as of today, and counting. Also, refer to Abstracts: Ratios to complete your comparative study of destination districts


  • The number of ranked U.S. cities and towns with arts, design or cultural districts which are ranked as the  fastest growing MSAs with the best projected future job growth
  • (Source: Staff ABSTRACT of the 2007 report - 7 Arts Foundation; All rights reserved ]


  • The number of ranked U.S. cities and towns with established arts, design or cultural districts which reported being among the highest 100 quality of life MSAs in the country which are also ranked among the top 30 MSAs in the nation
  • (Source: Staff ABSTRACT of the 2007 report - 7 Arts Foundation; All rights reserved ]


  • The number of U.S. cities and towns with arts, design or cultural districts which are ranked as the best-read cities and towns in the country and are hosts to the most highly rated children's museums in the country
  • (Source: Staff ABSTRACT of the 2007 report - 7 Arts Foundation; All rights reserved ]


  • The number of  U.S. cities and towns with arts, design or cultural districts which are ranked among the MSAs with the strongest 100 economy and are ranked among the largest MSAs in the country
  • (Source: Staff ABSTRACT of the 2007 report - 7 Arts Foundation; All rights reserved ]
  • Refer to the Abstracts: Prediction Indicators Page for a Complete view of Staff Abstracts

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Special Listing for Members

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection, [folk art resource], Williamsburg, VA 23185 
  • Access / Networking in the Public Interest, 50 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108, 617.720.5627/F: 617.720.1318
  • ACTS Institute, P.O. Box 10153, Kansas City, MO 64111, 816.753.0208, Cash grant program for prospective artist colony residents with no other sources of support 
  • Adam A. Wechsler & Son, Inc. [auction house], 909 E. st. NW, Washington, DC 20004, 202.628.1281
  • Aid to Artisans, Inc., Clare Smith, Pres./ Denise Wilbur, Projects Mgr., 80 Mountain Spring Rd., Farmington, CT 06032, 203.677.1649, Helps disadvantaged artisans around the globe
  • Alliance of Artists' Communities., 5738 Double Bluff Rd., Freeland, WA 98249, 206.321.7114, Data about artist colonies' locations, costs, accommodations, services, duration
  • American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, Lydia Kaim, Asst. to the Exec. Dir., 633 W. 155th St., New York, NY 10032, 212.368.5900
  • American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Division of Performing Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.0141, 703.961.7624
  • American Art Annual, American Federation of the Arts, Washington, DC 
  • American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporary Americans, Facts on File 
  • American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel, Inc., New York, NY, "Giving USA" is a bulletin of facts and trends in American philanthropy
  • American City Bureau, Offices in Atlanta/Boston/Calgary [CN]/Chicago/Dallas/New York/Omaha/San Jose, 800.786.GOAL 
  • American Council for the Arts, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212.245.4510
  • American Craft Council, 40 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, Sponsors exhibitions, seminars, workshops, international exchange, slide registry 212.696.0710
  • American Dance Guild, 33 West 21st St., Third Fl., New York, NY 10010 212.627.3790
  • American Federation of Arts, Washington, DC, "American Art Journal" 
  • American Film Institute, P.O. Box 27999, 20121 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027 213.856.7743
  • American Guild of Organists, 475 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1260, New York, NY 10015, Serving organists, choir masters 212.870.2310/F: 212.870.2163
  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works,1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 340, Washington, DC 20036
  • American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006 800.662.1235 or 202.626.7300
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts, 1059 Third Ave., New York, NY 10021, Member rates on group insurance 800.548.1634
  • American Music Center, 250 W 54th St., New York, NY 10019, 212.247.3121
  • American Musical Instrument Society, University of South Dakota, Box 194, Vermillion, SD 57609 
  • American Society of Appraisers, Box 17265, Washington, DC 20041, 703.478.2228 
  • American Society of Artists, Inc., 1297 Merchandise Plaza, Chicago, IL 60654, Member Organization
  • American Society of Interior Designers, an educational foundation, 1430 Broadway, New York, NY 10018, 212.944.9220
  • American Society of Landscape Architects, IL Chapter, 708.752.0197
  • Annual Register of Grant Support, Marquis Academic Media, 800.521.8110/F: 908.665.6688, Lists of government and quasi-governmental sources, corporations, associations and other funders
  • Apollo Book [reference texts], 5 Schoolhouse Lane, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603, 800.942.8222 or 800.431.5003 (outside NY) 
  • Appraisers Association of America, 60 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10165, 212.867.9775 
  • Art & Antique Dealers League of America, 353 E. 78th St., Ste. 19A, New York, NY 10021, 212.879.7558
  • Art & Antiques [periodical], Allison Publications, Inc., 89 5th Ave., New York, NY 10003 
  • Art & Auction Annual International Directory for Collectors, Special issue, Auction Guild, 250 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019 
  • Art at Auction [auction record compendium compiler], Krexpress, Silver Spring, MD 
  • Art & Antique Auction Review [auction record compendium compiler],  Newsletter, University Arts, Inc., IFM Building, Old Saybrook, CT 06475 
  • Art Dealers Association of America, 575 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212.940.8590
  • Art in America Guide to Galleries, Museums & Artists, Special Issue, Brant Publications, 980 Madison Ave., 3rd Fl., New York, NY 10021 
  • Art-in-Architecture Program, GSA, Public Buildings Service, Washington, DC 20405
  • Art Information Center, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, Slide registries, for unaffiliated and affiliated artists
  • Art Institute of Chicago  [drawings & paintings resource], [glass works resource], Arthur Rubeloff Collection, Chicago, IL 60603 
  • Art News, GMI UNIMAIL, Lincoln Plaza, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10023, Mailing lists
  • Art Sales Index, Ltd. [auction record compendium compiler], 1 Thames St., Weybridge, Surrey, England KT13 8JG (on-lione database of over 950,000 works by over 95,000 artists) 
  • Artbank, Arts on the Line, 57 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139
  • Artist-in-Residence Program, Education Division, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First St., NW, Washington, DC 20534
  • Artist Book Works, 1422 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60613, Promotes the art of handmade books, exhibition, workshop, slide registry
  • Artists Equity Association, 32 Union Square E., No. 1103, New York, NY 10003, Member Plans for medical, group hospital indemnity, dental, term life insurance
  • Artists for Economic Action, 2557 Roscomare Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90077, Improving the financial position of artists
  • The Artists Foundation, Inc., 110 Broad St., Boston, MA 02110
  • Artists Services/United Arts Council, 429 Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, MN 55102, Provides information, advice, technical assistance, career counseling, marketing, contract, copyright advisory service
  • Artists Space, 233 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, Slide registry for affiliates and unaffiliates
  • ARTnews, [periodical] Artnews Associates, 48 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10018, 800.284.4625 
  • Arts Bridge, ATA, 4753 N. Broadway, No. 918, Chicago, IL 60640, Nation's first business incubator for the arts, 312.651.2290
  • Arts Extension Service, Division for Continuing Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01300, Management training, business development, fundraising, advocacy training, marketing, mailing lists 413.545.2360
  • Arts International, 1400 K St., Washington, DC 20005, Assists individual artists and organizations: funding, developing, international arts exchange programs
  • Arts International Program, Institute of International Education, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017.3580, 212.984.5370
  • The Arts Institute, Michigan & Adams, Chicago, IL 312.436.3600
  • Arts Resource Consortium & Library, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212.977.2544
  • Artslink, Jackie Smith & Davis Millman, 42A Shenley Rd., Borehamwood, Herts, England WD6 1DR, or ARTSLINK: MUS007 or TELEX/26587MONREF G Attn:MUS007
  • Artworks, 170 S. LaBrea, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Distributes artist books
  • Associated Councils of the Arts, 1564 Broadway, New York, NY 10036, State arts council headquarters 
  • Association for Resources & Technical Assistance, Ste. 211, 1341 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, Provides information, resources, technical assistance to Hispanic artists, art service and presenting organizations
  • Association of Artist-Run Galleries, 164 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012, Pools information for cooperative galleries, exchanges of gallery showings, slide registry
  • Association of Hispanic Artists, 200 E. 87th St., New York, NY 10028, Technical assistance, legal, administrative, referral service, skills development, funding, 212.369.7054
  • Association for Resources & Technical Services, ARTS, Ste. 211, 1341 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
  • Association of Independent Video & Filmmakers, 625 Broadway, 9th Fl., New York, NY 10012, 212.473.3400
  • Association of Nonprofit Artists' Centres, 217 Richmond St. West, Toronto, Ontario, CN M5V 1W2
  • Association of Professional Art Advisors, P.O. Box 2485, New York, NY 10163
  • ATLATL, 402 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix, AZ 85003, Preservation, promotion, growth & development of contemporary and traditional Native American arts: Provides resource, distribution clearinghouse, employment referrals, reference & referral data
  • Auction GuildAmerican Institute [publisher], "Art & Auction International Directory for Collectors", "Art in america Guide to Galleries, Museums & Artists," 250 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019 
  • Austin Lawyers for the Arts, P.O. Box 2577, Austin, TX, 78768
  • Author's Guild, 234 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, 212.398.0838
  • Author's League of America, 234 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036 212.391.9198
  • Awards, Honors & Prizes, Gale Research, Profiles of over 5,000 prizes and awards, excluding scholarships, fellowships and other study awards for students
  • Baltimore Museum of Art [film cel resource], Baltimore, MD 21218 
  • Bel Canto Foundation Corp., 3935 W. Devon, Chicago, IL 312.588.3622
  • Bergstrom Art Centre [glass works resource], Collection of Evangeline Bergstrom, Neenah, WI 54946 
  • Bibliotek, St. Louis, MO 800.831.4164
  • Bookspace, 703 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL 60605, Distributes artists books & prints artists' works
  • Booster Clubs of America, 200 Castlewood Dr., N. Palm Beach, FL 33408 407.842.411 
  • British American Arts Association, 49 Wellington St., London, England, WC2E7BN, Provides programming & exhibiting programs
  • British Library, Boston, MA 800.923.3575 
  • The Brooklyn Museum [drawings & paintings resource], [textile & costume resource] Brooklyn, NY 11238 
  • Business Committee for the Arts, 1775 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 (UPCOMING UPDATE)
  • C. G. Sloan & Co., Inc. [auction house], 4950 Wyaconda Rd., Rockville, MD 20852, 202.468.4911
  • Canadian Crafts Council, 46 Elgin St., Ottawa, CN K1P 5K6 
  • Carol Michaels, Artists' Consultant, 491 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
  • Center for Arts Information, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, Reference materials, guides, directories, 212.977.2544
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, 202.783.3238
  • Center for Continuing Education Programs, San Diego, CA, 800.832.0092
  • Center for New Television, 912 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, 312.427.5446
  • The Center for the Study of Popular Culture, Studio City, CA 800.752.6562 or 800.538.3152
  • The Center for Visual Arts, 133 Broadway, Oakland, CA, 94612, Distributes artists' books & unique artists' creations
  • Chicago Artists' Coalition, 5 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60610, Slide registry
  • Chicago Historical Society [art pottery resource], [textile & costume resource], Chicago, IL 60614 
  • Chicago Public Library Cultural Center, Fine Arts Division [cartoons resource], Chicago, IL 60602 
  • Chicano Humanities & Arts Council, Inc., P.O. Box 2512, Denver, CO 80201, Technical assistance, proposal & promotion aid, business of art & marketing techniques
  • Christie's [auction house], Park Ave., New York, NY & 805 E. End Ave., New York, NY 
  • Chrysler Museum of Norfolk [glass works resource], Norfolk, VA 23510 
  • Cincinnati Art Museum  [art pottery resource], [glass works resource], Cincinnati, OH 45202 
  • Coalition of Women's Arts Organizations, Washington Womens' Art Center, 18212 Q St., NW, Washington, DC 20009
  • Community Information Exchange, 202.628.2981/F: 202.783.1485, Provides community development resources offering extensive subject files, sample documents, exemplary achievements in community development, technical expertise, revitalization funding sources and bibliographic references; offers low subscription rates for services to requesting organizations
  • ComSearch Printouts, Foundation Grants Index, tailored searches based upon key words, single topics 
  • Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, contact through local congressional offices
  • Consortium for Pacific Arts & Cultures, 2141c Atherton Rd., Honolulu, HI 96822, 808.946.7381
  • Contemporary Artists: Who Was Who in American Art (up to 1950), Sound View Press, Madison, CT 
  • Cooper Hewitt Museum [rug originals resource], The National Museum of Design, 5th Ave. @ 91st St., New York, NY 10028 
  • Corning Museum of Glass [glass works resource], Corning, NY 14830 
  • Corporate & Foundation Givers (annual publication), 800.877.8238/F: 313.961.6083
  • The Corporate Art Advisors Directory, 35 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116
  • Corporate 500: Directory of Corporate Philanthropy,  415.896.1900x88/F: 415.896.0321, Publishes profiles of companies giving more than $500K or more, irregardless of firm's size
  • Corporate Foundation Profiles, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677
  • Corporate Giving Directory, 800.877.8238/F: 313.961.6083
  • Corporate Giving Yellow Pages, 800.877.8238/F: 313.961.6083
  • Council on Foundations, 888 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019
  • Deaf Artists of America, P.O. Box 2332, Westfield, NJ 07091, Visual & performing artists aid, financial support, business advice, health insurance, employment referrals
  • Dealer's Choice [reference texts], Box 710, Land O'Lakes, FL 34639, 813.996.6599 
  • Dependable List Compilation, Inc., 33 Irving Pl., New York, NY 10003, Mailing lists
  • DIALOG Online Access, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677
  • DIALOG User Manual & Thesaurus, 800.424.9836 or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677
  • Dictionary of American Sculptors: 18th Century to the Present, Apollo Book, Poughkeepsie, NY 
  • The Dictionary of British Artists, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd., London, England, SW7 2RL, +44(0)20 79422000 
  • Dictionary of Contemporary American Artists, 6th ed., Scholarly & Reference Division, St. Martin's Press, Inc., 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010 
  • The Dictionary of Victorian Painters (1837-1901), Antique Collectors' Club 
  • Dictionary of Women Artists (before 1900-), G. K. Hall, Boston, MA 
  • Directors Guild of America, New York, NY 800.356.3754
  • Directory of Corporate Affiliations, "Who Owns Whom", 800.323.6772
  • Directory of Funding Sources for Community Development, 800.279.6799, or 602.265.2651/F: 800.279.4663, or 602.265.6250
  • Directory of New & Emerging Foundations, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677
  • Directory of Operating Grants, Research Grants Guides, Inc., P.O. Box 1214, Loxahatchee, FL 33470
  • Disabled Artists Network, P.O. Box 20781, New York, NY 10025
  • Doctors for Artists, 123 W. 79th St., New York, NY 10024, Referral service for reduced-rate health care
  • Dramatists Guild, 234 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, 212.398.9366
  • The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., New York, NY 10012, Exhibitions, research, study centre for contemporary drawings, international slide register
  • early American Industries Association [tool design resource], P.O. Box 2128, Empire State Pl. Sta., Albany, NY 12200 
  • Essex Institute [silhouettes resource], Salem, MA 01970 
  • Everson Museum of Art  [art pottery resource], Syracuse, NY 13202 
  • Federal Assistance Programs Retrieval System, 202.783.3238
  • Federal Funding Guide, Describes over 170 federal programs
  • Film Service Profiles, Center for Arts Information, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, Profiles organizations offering funding & services
  • Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University [rug originals resource], Cambridge, MA 
  • The Foundation Center, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677 An Associates Program serves members with free services/programs/fee-based telephone reference service/specialized search services/databases; proposal writing seminars are offered throughout the country; and, various cooperating agencies serve clients, members or other participants through official collections
  • The "Foundation Directory"/The Foundation Directory - Part 2/The Foundation Directory Supplement, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677, A prospect reference volume set: Contains data and information about major foundation activity, arranged by descriptive activites, state, foci, and, etc...
  • Foundation for the Community of Artists, 280 Broadway, New York, NY 10007, Financial services, tax services, pension planning, money management, bookkeeping systems, group hospitalization plans
  • The Foundation Grants Index, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677, An annual compilation of grants of $5K or more, limited due to the exclusion of small grant awards, corporate non-foundation funds and by its reliance upon a voluntary reporting system  
  • Foundation Grants to Individuals, the Foundation Center 
  • Foundation Research Institute, Plymouth Meeting, PA, Publishes a newsletter 
  • Funding Sources CLearinghouse, Inc., 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkely, CA 94704
  • The Foundation 1000, 800.424.9836, or 212.620.4230/F: 212.807.3677
  • Freer Gallery of Art  [art pottery resource], Washington, DC 20560 
  • The Frick Museum [drawings & paintings resource], 1 E. 70th St., New York, NY 10021 
  • Galleries [periodical], Europa edition only 
  • General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 18th & F Sts., Washington, DC 20405, Slide registry
  • Gifts In Kind America, 700 N. Fairfax St., Ste. 300, Fairfax, VA 22314, 703.836.2121
  • Government Giveaways, Chevy Chase, MD 800.462.2677
  • The GRANTS Database, 800.279.6799, or 602.265.2651/F: 800.279.4663, or 602.265.6250; online database: 800.334.2564; database on disc: 800.234.334.2564 or 415.858.3785?F: 415.858.7069
  • The GRANTS Subject Authority Guide, 800.279.6799, or 602.265.2651/F:800.279.4663 or 602.265.6250
  • The Grantsmanship Center, P.O.Box 44759, 7815 S. Vermont, Los Angeles, CA 90044, 213.482.9860/F: 213.482.9863, Trains nonprofit organization staff to devleop and manage funding support; workshops are conducted throughout the country on grant-writing, fund raising and development work; magazines and other resources are avilable via subscription
  • Graphic Artists Guild, 30 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10008, Member plans for health coverage, term life insurance, disability, income insurance
  • Great Books Foundation, 35 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 800.222.5870 
  • Great Lakes Arts Alliance, GLAA, 11424 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, OH 44106  216.229.1098
  • Greenfield Village & Henry Ford Museum [folk art resource],  Dearborn, MI 48121 
  • The Guggenheim Museum [drawings & paintings resource], 89th St. & 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028 
  • Hacker Art Books, Inc. [reference texts], 54 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212.757.1450 
  • Handkunstwerks Museum [tool design resource], Frankfurt, Deutschland
  • International Directory of Theater, Dance, and Folklore Festivals, Greenwood Press, 51 Riverside Ave., Westport, CT 06880 
  • International Society of Performing Arts Administrators (ISPAA), P.O. Box 7518, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712  512.471.2787
  • John Heim Memorial Guggenheim Foundation, 90 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212.687.4470, Grants to individuals only
  • Hennessey + Ingalls, Inc., 1254 Santa Monica Mall, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 213.458.9074 
  • Henry Francis du Pont Winterthur Museum [tool design resource], Winterthur, DE 19735 
  • Hewitt Research Foundation, Washougal, WA, 800.348.1750
  • Historical Replications, Jackson, MS, 800.426.5628
  • Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania [glass works resource], Pittsburgh, PA 15213 
  • Hospital Audiences, Inc., 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
  • Huntington T. Block Insurance/Chubb Insurance Group of Insurance Companies [D&O coverage], 800.432.7465 or 202.223.0673
  • Idaho Commission on the Arts, 304 W. State St., Boise, ID 83720, 208.334.2119, Program awards support for attendance at an artist colony and other destination sites 
  • Independent Curators, Inc., 799 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
  • International Auction Records [auction record compendium compiler], Archer Fields, Inc., New York, NY 
  • International Council of Museums, Humanities Exchange, P.O. Box 1608, Largo, FL 34294, Lists the organizations overseas which organize travelling exhibitions
  • International Cultural Foundation, New York, NY, 800.634.7661 
  • International Directory of Arts, Art Address Verlag Muller GmbH & Co., KG, Frankfurt, Deutchland 
  • International Film Society [film cel resource], 1680 N. Vine, Hollywood, CA 90028 
  • International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House, 900 E. Ave., Rochester, NY 14607 
  • International Sculpture Center, 1050 Potomac St., NW, P.O. Box 19709, Washington, DC 20007, Provides health & studio insurance, data bank, organizes exhibitions, all-risk fine art insurance, health insurance, slide registry
  • International Sculptor Exchange, Jorg Plickat, Bildheuer/BBK, Wasserm Uhle 2301, Steinfurt, Melkendorf, Deutschland, Arranges exchanges involving reciprocal exchanges of sculpture, arranges studio & living spaces
  • International Sociaety of Fine Art Appraisers, Box 280, River Forest, IL 60305, 312.848.3340
  • Koussevitsky Music Foundation, 415 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10017, 212.752.5300
  • Leonard's Annual Price Index of Art Auctions [auction record compendium compiler], Auction Index, Ltd., West Newton, MA 
  • Librairie Francaise, New York, NY, 800.255.3741
  • Librarians' Yellow Pages, Larchmont, NY, 800.235.9723
  • Lightner Museum [glass works resource], St. Augustine, FL 32084 
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art [textile & costume resource], Los Angeles, CA 90036 
  • Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers, Apollo Book, Poughkeepsie, NY 
  • Massachusetts Historical Society [silhouettes resource], Boston, MA 02115 
  • Max Lent Productions, 24 Wellington Ave., Rochester, NY 14611.3018, Mailing lists for photographers
  • McKittick's Art Price Guide [auction record compendium compiler], McKittrick Fine Arts, Sewickley, PA 
  • Media Distribution Co-op, 1745 Louisiana St., Lawrence, KS 66044, Mailing lists, mailing list brokerage service
  • Mercer Museum in the Bucks County Historical Society [tool design resource], Doylestown, PA 18901 
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art  [art pottery resource], [drawings & paintings resource], [glass works resource], [musical instrument resource], [rug originals resource], [textile & costume resource], The Costume Institute (The Costume Society), Fifth Ave. @ 79th St., New York, NY 10028 
  • Midmarch Associates, Women Artist News, P.O. Box 3304, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10017, Womens' service organization: information clearninghouse, resource centre - grants, schools & technical assistance; plans & coordinates exhibitions, conferences, symposia, festivals, 212.666.6990
  • Minnesota State Arts Board, 432 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102, 612.297.2603, Programs enabling state residents to attend Headlands Center for the Arts, in Suasalito, CA 
  • Modern Painters [periodical], Mercury Subscription Services, 2323 E-F Randolph Ave., Avenel, NJ 07001, 908.396.9555 
  • Modern Talking Picture Service, Inc., 161 Tower Dr., Burr Ridge, IL, 630.325.4580
  • Musee des Arts Decoratifs [glass works resource], Paris, France 
  • Museum Editions West, Santa Monica, CA, 800.482.5460
  • Museum of American Folk Art, [folk art resource], 444 Park Ave., South, New York, NY 10016.7321, 212.481.3080
  • Museum of Fine Arts  [art pottery resource], Boston, MA 02115 
  • Museum of International Folk Art [folk art resource], Santa Fe, NM 87501 
  • Museum of Modern Art [drawings & paintings resource], [film cel resource], [photographs resource], 11 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019 
  • Museum of the Moving Image [photographs resource], London, England 
  • Museum Reference Center, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Office of Museum Programs, Arts & Industries Building, Rm. 2235, 900 Jefferson Dr., SW, Washington, DC 20560, Technical assistance, information: Museums, visual arts, book lists & guides
  • Music Data Company, Half Moon Bay, Ca, 800.443.3210
  • Music Macros, San Rafael, CA, 800.327.9368 
  • Music Ware, Seaside, OR, 800.321.1490
  • National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America, 15 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022, 212.826.9707
  • National Artists Equity Association, Inc., P.O. Bo0x 28068, Central Station, Washington, DC 20038, Group medical insurance, studio/work insurance, debt collection, contracts, publications & group insurance, term life insurance, all-risk fine art studio/cartage insurance
  • National Artists Equity Association Collection Service, P.O. Box 280681, Central Station, Washington, DC 20038
  • National Art Publishers, Irvine, CA, 800.823.8320
  • National Arts Journalism Program, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, 6809 Lake Shore Dr., Ste. 818, Chicago, IL 60611.4402
  • National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies, 1420 K St., NW, Ste. 204, Washington, DC 20005, 202.371.2830
  • National Association for the Preservation & Perpetuation of Storytelling, Jonesboro, TN, 800.525.4515
  • National Association of Artists' Organizations, 1007 D St., NE, Washington, DC 20002, Serves organizations wherein artists hold central roles in running member organizations, mailing lists, 202.544.0660
  • National Center for Nonprofit Boards, Publications Dept., 2000 L St., NW, Ste. 411, Washington, DC, 202.452.6262
  • National Center on Arts & the Aging, National Council on Aging, 600 Maryland Ave., SW, West Wing 100, Washington, DC 20024, Clearinghouse for arts & aging; Reference & referral services, technical assistance, slide registry, 202.479.1200
  • National Council on Philanthropy, 680 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019
  • National Early American Glass Club [glass works resource], 55 Cliff Rd., Wellesley Hills, MA 02181 
  • National Endowment for the Arts, Art in Public Places, Visual Art Program, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506, 202.682.5400/ Public Information & Public Affairs, 202.682.5410/ Office of Private Partners, 202.682.5748/ Civil Rights Division, 202.682.5562/ International Office, 202.682.5469/Telecommunications Device for the Hearing Impaired
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20506, 202.786.0438
  • National Gallery of Art, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Washington, DC 20565, 301.322.5900
  • National Home Life Assurance Company of New York, One Marine Midland Pl., Binghamton, NY 13901
  • National Institute for Architectural Education, 30 West 22nd St., New York, NY 10010, 212.924.7000
  • National Keyboard Arts Association, Los Angeles, CA, 800.824.5087
  • National Museum of History & Technology, Smithsonian Institution  [art pottery resource], [textile & costume resource], Washington, DC 20560 
  • National Music Association, Lenox, MA, 800.872.6874
  • National Network for Artist Placement & Career Development, California Institute for the Arts, 2400 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355, Career counseling, employment services, survival skills
  • National Portrait Gallery [silhouettes resource], Washington, DC 20560 
  • National Resource Center for Consumer Legal Services, 3523 Jones Ct., NW, Washington, DC 20007
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC, 800.672.4183
  • National Women's Mailing List, 1195 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, Mailing lists
  • New Organization for the Visual Arts, One Playhouse Sq., 1375 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44115, Artists' organization provides marketing to corporations, exhibits
  • New Orleans Museum of Art [glass works resource], New Orleans, LA 70179 
  • The New York Historical Society [cartoons resource], New York, NY 10024 
  • The New York Historical Society's Dictionary of Artists in America (1564-1860), Yale University Press, New Haven, CT 
  • New York Public Library [cartoons resource], Print Division, New York, NY 10018 
  • Newark Museum  [art pottery resource], Newark, NJ 07010 
  • Nonprofits' Mutual Risk Retention Group, 1800 Second St., Ste. 104, Sarasota, FL 34326, 800.533.3097
  • North Carolina Arts Council, Dept. of Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC 27611, 919.733.2111, Program enabling prospective artist colony residents to stay at Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA
  • NRPA Management Aid No. 84, Published material: "Foundation-Trust-Endowment-Gift Programs
  • Southern Arts Exchange, Southern Arts Federation, Ste. 122, 1401 Peachtree St., N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309  404.874.7244
  • Western Alliance of Arts Administrators, P.O. Box RRR, Citrus College, Azusa, CA 94704  213.335.0521

Look For The "Planning" Volume of PLANNING, DEVELOPING & MANAGING ARTS DISTRICTS -- coming this summer.

|||DATABANKS General : all emerging and established arts-design-culture-based destination districts | view this page

|||DATABANK 2 Tables 1-7: all emerging and established arts-design-culture-based destination districts ranked in the top 30 MSAs | ranked among the largest MSAs | in the fastest-growing MSAs | with high recent job growth | with the lowest unemployment rates | with high projected future job growth | more...

|||DATABANK 3 Tables 8-13: all emerging and established arts-design-culture-based destination districts ranked with the highest combined college and graduate school degrees | the highest high school graduation rates | the lowest property crime rates | the best-read cities and towns | the most highly-rated museums | the most highly rated children's museums | more...

|||DATABANK 4 Tables 14-20 for over 360 districts: all emerging and established arts-design-culture-based destination districts with the strongest 100 economy | the highest 100 arts & culture | the highest 100 quality of life | the largest dependence on state tourism | the lowest or zero sales tax | with a college town connection | with above-average white -collar jobs | BETA, release date: Summer - 2008 with Delta Reselase, Summer, 2009 | Please Note: Annotated Tables for Members only.

|||DATABANK 5 Tables 22-24: all emerging and established arts-design-culture-based destination districts with arts radio @ 3Q or more | with performing arts @ 15@ or more | with museums @ 18Q or more | more...

Special Note: Tables 21, 25-28 reserved viewing for Members only.

_______ The leading visitors to this page with outstanding districts also vistied the Psychographics Works page


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  • 6,732 destination district employees
  • 16:1 multiplier effects of established destination districts
  • 438 - the number of established & emerging destination districts
  • 98% - U. S. metro areas and BH150 rankings
  • 143 destination districts in college and university towns
  • 50% - U.S. metros and BH150 rankings
  • 99 destination districts deemed as magnets helping attract jobs
  • 95 districts in the top-15- places for business

Delineated reports available to Members. Abstracts of reports available to Guests. Much more... Abstracts: Ratios available to Guests.

VITAL STATISTICAL DATA - Members, what are the notable impacts of districts in our regional centers? What makes for a successful community? Please visit the STATISTICS PAGE, with links to dozens of reports and briefs that show important statistical views to the answers we've culled from our databank service providers. By way of example, the thumbnail brief, below, provides a recent set of foundation study outcomes: Where you find one or more successful arts-design-cultural district, you are likely to see exciting corollaries - for it has been determined that destination districts contribute, often meaningfully, to the following:

  • 35 of the top 50 (70.0%) top-ranked U.S. MSAs;
  • 48 of the top 50 (96.0%) largest U.S. MSAs;
  • 19 of the top 30 (63.3%) fastest-growing U.S. MSAs;
  • 15 of the top 30 (50.0%) U.S. MSAs with the highest growth rate;
  • 12 of the top 30 (40.0%) U.S. MSAs with the lowest unemployment rate;
  • 12 of the top 30 (40.0%) U.S. MSAs with the highest recent job growth;
  • 20 of the top 30 (66.6%) U.S. MSAs with the best future job outlook;
  • 18 of the top 30 (60.0%) U.S. MSAs with the highest financial progress index;
  • 17 of the top 30 (56.7%) U.S. MSAs with the highest high school graduation rate;
  • 21 of the top 30 (70.0%) U.S. MSAs with the highest attainment of both college & graduate degrees;
  • 15 of the top 30 (50.0%) U.S. MSAs with the greatest decrease in property crime rate;
  • 10 of the top 10 (100.0%) U.S. MSAs rated as America's most literate cities;
  • 26 of the top 30 (86.7%) U.S. MSAs with highly rated childrens museums;
  • 29 of the top 30 (96.7%) U.S. MSAs with highly rated art museums;  
  • 38 of the top 50 (76.0%) of  U.S. MSAs with the highest quality of life rating;
  • 39 of the top 50 (78.0%) MSAs with the best cultural amenities; and,
  • 177 of 331 major MSAs (53.5%) U.S.  emerging & top-rated  MSAs that promote & support destination districts
  • Updates in progress; complete free report available to Members - Summer 2007.


More Data: Selected Studies & Statistics | What We Study at the 7AF | The Conditions That Make It Possible for Urban Advocates to Create Arts/Design- Inclusive Developments | Vital Statistics: Notable Impacts


Our Resources : 160 benefits; the Tri-Annual Guide; the impact of arts and design on districts; and, the conditions that make districts possible


Comparative data reports and briefs on the following:

  1. Event-related spending trends in cultural agglomerations  compared with 'critical mass' planned cultural districts designed to maximize entertainment consumption
  2. Regional cultural data that suggests which corridors illustrate the potential for 'natural' districts in U.S. cities and towns
  3. A comparative study of  large MSAs where both arts agglomerations and public policy-led planned initiatives result in arts, design and culture-based  destination districts
  4. A listing of arts and arts-and-design agglomeration-based destination districts and 'artificial' destination districts
  5. The new urban realities of "flexible production agglomerates" in major MSAs
  6. The impact of small specialist producers and network enterprises on small and mid-size MSAs in Midwest and Southern communities
  7. A study of how the reliance upon top-down urban redvelopment policies neglects the need to link cultural strategies with urban realities


Art Acquisitions Guide, The arts and design district guide to acquisitions and de-accessions, by Marshall A. Thomas III, D. Phil., with a Forward by Kim Cogell, Edited by David Chorlton, A 7 Arts Foundation Project, 2002 Seminar Edition Text, A Supplemental Publication of  Father Ambrose Press for the forthcoming Text Series, PLANNING, DEVELOPING & MANAGING ARTS DISTRICTS, Fourth Revised Edition, Copyright 2001, by Marshall A. Thomas III, Index.

Mission Manifesto, a primer about a vision-mission revolution changing nonprofit institutions in both arts and religious sectors, by Marshall A. Thomas III, Workshop Edition Co-published by Z Publishing Society & the 7 Arts Foundation, Copyright 1995, by Marshall A. Thomas III

Proposal Writing for Sacred Arts Studios, Ecclesiastical Institutions, Organizations & Agencies, Fundamental Planning, Researching, Developing & Presenting Approaches For Writing Grant, Aid & Assistance & Subsidy Proposals & Applications, by Marshall A. Thomas III, Edited by David L. Kauffman, Workshop & Roundtable Edition, A 7 Arts Foundation Project, Father Ambrose Press, 1998 Annual Edition, Copyright, 1998, by Marshall A. Thomas III

Arts District Building Manual, by Marshall A. Thomas III, D. Phil., Copyright 2000, An Arts Districts International Workshop Edition of a Father Ambrose Press text. Limited availability.






Members can order their discounted copies of these guides, primers and texts by ordering them through the TREASURY PAGE on this web site; Kelly Hale will gladly assist you. Guests may contact for help ordering commercial/institutional quantities.

Please visit our friends and colleagues who have graciously allowed our Membership Assn. to list their publications and electronic reports on our STATISTICS PAGE.

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