Actually Using the Data Piling Up on that Desk

Sunday, June 16, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

At the organizational and the community level the arts sector is creating robust data sets that can answer urgent questions—if you can ever get around to analyzing them! In this session, learn how to address lack of skills, tools, and time within LAAs and their communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about free community partners that help nonprofits build capacity and address existing datasets.
  2. Explore how to build research questions and think through what data already exists.
  3. See what new opportunities for thinking about data are emerging, including drawing qualitative data out of grant applications, working with traditionally marginalized communities, and new collaboration.


Bronwyn Mauldin
Director of Research & Evaluation
LA County Arts Commission
Los Angeles, California

Bronwyn Mauldin is Director of Research and Evaluation at the Los Angeles County Arts Commission where she oversees a team that utilizes data and social science research methods to improve the Arts Commission’s work and strengthen the arts ecology. She is a key instigator behind LA’s annual Arts Datathon. Bronwyn has spent her career conducting applied research and evaluation for nonprofits, philanthropies, and government. She also teaches research methods to graduate arts management students for Sotheby’s Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to the Arts Commission, Bronwyn evaluated farmworker programs in California’s Central Valley, studied employment conditions for truck drivers in the Pacific Northwest, analyzed apprenticeship opportunities in the healthcare industry, served as a nonpartisan policy analyst in the Washington State House of Representatives and researched villager organizing in rural northeast Thailand. Bronwyn is also a novelist and zine maker.

Gregory Burbidge
Research & Policy Manager
Calgary Arts Development

Gregory Burbidge (he/him/his) is a Research & Policy Specialist at Calgary Arts Development. In this role he is responsible for the management of research and policy projects that support the indicators and outcomes related to Calgary Art Development’s strategic plan. This work also includes supporting the development of data and evaluative tools for use by the arts community. People in the office are happiest with Gregory when he brings his dogs Scout and Zadie with him to work.

Prior to joining Calgary Arts Development, Gregory served as a Principal Program Specialist at the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), building a program around the ARC board’s vision for a regional focus on arts and culture planning. This work included managing the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta program, the Atlanta Regional Public Art Program, the Atlanta Tessitura Consortium, and managing the Metro Atlanta Cultural Forums.

Born in the wilds of northern Canada, Gregory spent his early professional life as a gold miner. In his spare time, he enjoys playing board games, spending time with his wife, Christina, and creating art with textiles, an artistic practice that intertwines his interests in mathematics, sheepherding, and wearable art.