RGK Center in the News

Meet the Woman Who Will Track the Wallace Foundation’s Building Audiences for Sustainability Initiative

Inside Philanthropy - 08/03/2015

This blog post looks at Dr. Francie Ostrower's $3.5M grant as part of the trend towards increased performance measurement by philanthropic organizations in the arts.

Texas Researcher Gets $3.5M To Study How Arts Groups Attract Fans

Texas Standard (KUT 90.5 FM) - 07/30/2015

Operas, ballet groups and theater companies are finding it’s getting harder to keep audiences engaged. David Brown at the Texas Standard interviewed Dr. Francie Ostrower to discuss her new study, funded by The Wallace Foundation, which aims to find out what works — and what doesn’t.

APD wants to hire 400 officers in an effort to change policing strategy

Fox 7 News Austin - 07/29/2015

Emboldened by recent findings from the Restore Rundberg UT research team demonstrating the effectiveness of community policing efforts, the Austin Police Department is asking city council to fund the hiring of 400 additional police officers. The increase in staff would allow for a renewed strategy that focuses on developing relationships with area business owners and residents to gather feedback and address safety concerns as they arise. Watch news clip >

UT’s Francie Ostrower Snags $3.5 Million to Study Arts Engagement

Alcalde - 07/27/2015

Dr. Francie Ostrower spoke with the Alcalde about a $3.5M Wallace Foundation research grant she received as part of the foundation's Building Audiences for Sustainability initiative.

Professor aims to expand art audiences with $3.5 million Wallace Foundation grant

ArtDaily - 07/23/2015

The six-year study will examine efforts underway with 26 performing arts organizations — in dance, music, opera, theater and multidisciplinary performing arts — to implement strategies for engaging and sustaining new audiences while retaining existing ones. Read more >

Latest News

July 22, 2015

Dr. Francie Ostrower is the recipient of a $3.5 million grant from The Wallace Foundation to study how performing arts organizations can develop approaches to attracting new audiences with the aim of generating useful lessons for arts organizations across the nation.

June 9, 2015

RGK Center students at the LBJ School of Public Affairs published a report on mental health services for Texas veterans that informed priorities for the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute. The MMHPI was instrumental in the passage of SB 55.

June 3, 2015

RGK Center Professor of Public Affairs and Fine Arts Francie Ostrower will serve as Visiting Professor at the IAE Paris Sorbonne Graduate Business School during the last week of June.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

2015 Reimagining Cities Conference - Keynote Speaker U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro

Marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of HUD by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Conference will focus on forward thinking approaches to creating affordable housing and strong, sustainable neighborhoods; access to good jobs and schools, and innovative urban planning – issues that are of paramount importance not only in Austin, but across Texas and the country. Presented by the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the RGK Center is co-hosting the conference along with the Center for Health and Social Policy.