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David B. Pankratz


Adjunct Instructor

David B. Pankratz, Ph.D., has spent his entire 25-year career in the arts and arts education as a researcher, administrator, evaluator, policy analyst, fundraiser, teacher, and writer. David currently is the Research & Policy Director for the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council.

In recent years he also has served as Principal of Creative Sector Research and as Strategic Initiatives & Research Director for Arts Alliance Illinois.

David earned his M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois. After graduation, he served as Director of Program Development at Chicago’s Urban Gateways: The Center for Arts Education, overseeing all curriculum, evaluation, out-of-school, and professional development programs.

David's subsequent arts education achievements include: 1) an evaluation to help the Kennedy Center expand its Partners in Education national network, 2) service as a Getty Center for Education in the Arts program officer, 3) production of the California Arts Council's widely-disseminated arts education research bibliography, and 4) analysis of 10 cities seeking to participate in a Wallace Foundation initiative in systemic arts education.

David also has made many contributions to the broader field of cultural policy, starting with the paper "Toward an Integrated Study of Cultural and Educational Policy." The paper won the Reston Prize from the National Office for Arts Accreditation in Higher Education. During the early-90s "culture wars," he served as Research & Administration Director for the Independent Commission on the National Endowment for the Arts, a panel appointed by the President and Congress. The panel’s report helped to preserve the NEA in the face of intense political criticism. Other policy activities at the national level includes report-writing for Americans for the Arts on collaborations between the non-profit and for-profit arts.

State arts policy was the focus of: 1) a research review for the Western States Arts Foundation on restructuring state arts agencies, 2) a state-centered policy analysis for the National Center on Arts and Aging, and 3) the book Multiculturalism and Arts Policy. At the local level, when he was Associate Director of ARTS, Inc.: the Arts & Business Council of Greater Los Angeles, David organized public convenings on multiple policy issues and championed and advanced arts-centered, cross-sector collaborations.

As researcher and evaluator, David conducted the survey and case study research done for the Los Angeles site of the Pew Charitable Trusts' 10-city National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support project, a precursor to the Cultural Data Project. As Director of Evaluation & Research for EmcArts, a New York-based arts consulting firm, he led evaluations of the Ford Foundation's New Directions/New Donors initiative, the NEA's Creative Communities program of community arts/public housing partnerships, and the professional development programs of the National Arts Marketing Project. David also co-founded the Evaluating the Arts & Culture group of the American Evaluation Association.

David is the co-editor of three books--The Future of the Arts: Public Policy and Arts Research, The Arts in a New Millennium: Research and the Arts Sector, and The Challenge to Reform Arts Education: What Role Can Research Play? He has designed and taught courses in cultural policy and arts education for American University, the University of Oregon, and The Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. in Art Education/Arts Policy & Administration. Recently he wrote chapters on arts evaluation and cross-sector arts collaborations for two graduate-level arts management textbooks.

David is a violist who regularly plays in community and university orchestras. Other interests include baseball, cooking, travel, architecture, and classical guitar.

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