San Mateo County Arts Newsletter
JULY 2004

Bay Area Near the Top 

            According to figures released June 28 by Americans for the Arts in its first national Creative Industries Study, the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose metropolitan area ranks third in the nation in numbers of arts-related businesses, institutions, and organizations (both for-profit and nonprofit), with a total figure of 21,232. Nationally, the number one metropolitan area is New York/Northern New Jersey/Long Island, with 54,895. In the number two position is the Los Angeles/Riverside/Orange County metropolitan area, with 48,862 arts related businesses.

            When ranked in terms of number of arts-related businesses, institutions, and organizations per capita, the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose metropolitan area is second nationally, with 3.016 per thousand people. The top spot goes to Seattle/Tacoma/Bremerton, which has 3.415 per thousand.

            The study included six creative industries: museum/collections; performing arts; visual/photography; film, radio, TV; design/publishing; and schools/services. The national total of creative industry businesses is 548,000, or 4.3 percent of all U.S. businesses, which employ 2.99 million people (2.2 percent of all employees). The report notes that “the creative industries also provide the essential fuel that drives the ‘information economy’—the fastest growing segment of the nation’s economy.” Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, said, “With the growth of the information age, the arts are now a fundamental component of the U.S. economy, and one in which every state and virtually every community has a stake.” 


Nonprofit Day

            On July 23, Nonprofit Day will be held at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco. Hosted by CompassPoint, the day’s sessions include executive leadership, boards and planning, fundraising, finance, public policy, and more.

            Workshop fees range from $75 for nonprofit organizations with an annual budget of $199K and under or for students, to $105 for those with an annual budget between $200K and $999K, and $135 for nonprofits with an annual budget over $1 million or for for-profit firms and consultants. For more information, call (415) 541-9000. To register, visit the website at


New Art Reference Library

            The public now has a new resource for information on art. Peninsula Museum of Art in Belmont’s Twin Pines Park has more than 700 books and magazines available for use in the museum.

            Professional librarians – and four students - from Notre Dame de Namur University catalogued the collection, which has been donated by local artists. The holdings include special sections on Asian art, women artists, the business of art, and instruction books for studio artists.

            Peninsula Museum of Art is at 1219 Ralston Avenue in Belmont. Current library hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sundays.


Foundation Center Lending Service

            Another new resource is the lending program just launched by the Foundation Center in San Francisco. Bay Area residents may borrow up to two items for one week. There are more than 60 items in the circulating collection.

            Among the items you can check out are Bruce E. Skinner and Vladimir Rukavina’s 2003 publication Event Sponsorship, Kay Sprinkel Grace and Alan L. Wendroff’s High Impact Philanthropy: How Donors, Boards, and Nonprofit Organizations Can Transform Communities, and editor Phyllis Edelson’s Foundation Grants to Individuals, 13th edition.

            Reference librarians are on hand to offer assistance during regular business hours. The Foundation Center is at 312 Sutter Street, Suite 606. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening hours until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays.


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