Between 2005 and 2009, SIAP conducted an evaluation of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Community Partners in Arts Access (CPAA) initiative in North Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. The initiative funded a number of cultural organizations with the goal to expand arts and cultural participation among residents of these two low-income urban communities. CPAA sought to improve grantees' organizational capacity and their ability to partner with other arts and non-arts organizations.
SIAP's evaluation report documented changes in participation in North Philadelphia and Camden between 2004 and 2008--based on the Philadelphia and Camden Cultural Participation Benchmark Project--and examined the cultural ecology and role of artists in these communities. In addition, given the Knight Foundation's new focus on community transformation, SIAP explored the longer-term implications of CPAA based on a framework for place-making developed by Jeremy Nowak, founding CEO of the Reinvestment Fund. Nowak's "architecture of community" views neighborhoods through four domains—social capital and civic institutions; public assets and infrastructure; economic assets and market relationships; and flows of information, capital, and people between places.
Submissions from 2009
Community Partners in Arts Access Evaluation: Final Report, Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert
Submissions from 2006
CPAA Evaluation: Interim Findings, Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert
Evaluation of Community Partners In Arts Access: An Interim Report to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Mark J. Stern and Susan C. Seifert