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 cultural participation in North Philadelphia and Camden between 2004 and 2008, based on the Benchmark Project, and examined the cultural ecology and role of artists in these communities. In addition, given the Knight Foundation's new interest in community transformation, we also explored the longer-term implications of CPAA for the communities served based on Jeremy Nowak's "architecture of community"—social capital; public assets; economic assets and market relationships; and flows of information, capital, and people—a framework for creative place-making.