COVID Cultural Impact Study: Where We Are Now

ArtsFund is in the middle of conducting a comprehensive COVID Cultural Impact Study. Thank you to everyone who participated in our surveys and helped with our data collection efforts up to this point! Here’s an update on the work we’ve done so far, ands some information about what comes next.


The study has been led by a statewide advisory committee of arts and cultural workers, funders, business leaders, and advocates as well as by ArtsFund’s Policy and Advocacy Committee. We’re grateful to our consultants, Policy and Advocacy Committee, peers, and Advisory Committee helped build the data collection tools. Our partners and participants have been key in this process.

The research and analysis phases are being conducted by BERK Consulting, Dr. William B. Beyers, University of Washington, and GMA Research.

Advisory Committee Members

Kate Becker
Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine

Jane Broom
Microsoft Philanthropies

Mason Burley
Innovia Foundation

Amy Chasanov
The 5th Avenue Theatre

David Fischer
Tacoma Arts Live

Melissa Huggins
Spokane Arts

Jason Hunke
Vulcan Inc.

Keri Kellerman
Whim W’him; Intiman Theatre

Elizabeth MacPherson
Mithun; ArtsFund Policy & Advocacy Committee

James Miles
MENTOR Washington

Markham McIntyre
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Joan Rabinowitz
Jack Straw Cultural Center

Julia Reed
Kinetic West

Nina Yarbrough


As of October 2021, we are in the process of evaluating data evaluating the data, synthesizing the findings, conducting case study interviews, and developing drafts of the report.

We plan to release the report in January 2022, establishing a new benchmark against which we can track post-pandemic growth, recovery, and activity; and demonstrating where support is most needed for the sector

The report will include actionable data as well as case studies profiling several impacted organizations.

Mark your calendars for a special news briefing on January 19, 2021, where we will share some of the study’s most significant findings.

To learn more about the study, visit

Photo credit: Whim W’Him, “Nova” rehearsal, photo courtesy of Stefano Altamura.