Myth: Arts organizations don’t merge well.
Truth: When strategy, leadership and finances are aligned, unity has the potential to be catalytic.
Last week, two national arts service organizations — the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and DataArts — announced their merger, becoming SMU DataArts.
As a longtime trustee of DataArts and a member of the advisory committee for NCAR, I’m excited about the prospect of stronger data tools and resources for arts and culture organizations. I also see the combination as an example to the sector of a merger dance well choreographed.
What factors made it possible for these two organizations to unite? I highlight six here.