“The Grand Rapids (MN) Arts and Culture Commission contracted with develop an Arts and Culture Plan for the city…The final result was a 10-year strategic plan complete with priorities, models, and suggested evaluations and resources. The plan just simply knocked the proverbial socks off our City Council. It was adopted by unanimous vote. Also the team was just a joy as they listened and listened to our ideas. They have the skills, background and contacts to complete any project regardless of size and scope.” —Kathy Dodge, Chair, Grand Rapids Arts and Culture Commission


Metris Arts Consulting works with a range of clients from across the country and internationally, including philanthropic foundations, government agencies (local to federal), and arts and community development nonprofits. We view our clients as close partners and seek out collaborations with critical learners doing innovative and interesting work.



A selection of our clients and research sponsors to date include 3Arts, Americans for the Arts, Arts Cleveland, Artplace AmericaArtspace, Bush Foundation, Center for Community Progress, the City of Chicago, City of Minneapolis, City of Sacramento, CA, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Hivos, the Hong Kong Institute of Contemporary Culture, HumanitiesDC, Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture, Indiana Arts Commission, Intermedia Arts, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, League of Chicago Theatres, LINCLISC, NeighborWorks America, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Pillsbury House + Theatre, Placer County, CA, PolicyLink, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Touchstone Theatre, Trust for Public Land, the University of Houston, the Urban Institute.

With collaborators Markusen Economic Research, GO collaborative, and the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, we have also completed projects for the Center for Cultural Innovation, the City of Grand Rapids, the City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs, Creative Capital, the James Irvine Foundation, and the Mayors Institute on City Design.