Createquity was a pioneering ten-year initiative to help make the world a better place by better understanding the arts. Originally founded in 2007 as the personal blog of Ian David Moss, then a first-year student at the Yale School of Management, it was one of the first online publications to explore issues in arts policy, philanthropy, and research at a system level. Createquity rapidly drew acclaim from readers around the web, and in 2009, Moss was invited to be the first-ever official blogger for the Grantmakers in the Arts Conference, greatly expanding both the size and the influence of Createquity’s audience.
In 2014, Createquity relaunched with a clarified focus aimed at unlocking the power of research to answer the hard questions that matter. Leveraging the site’s longstanding history as a go-to source for smart commentary on the arts, the new Createquity established itself as a think tank investigating the most important issues in the arts and what we, collectively and individually, can do about them. Createquity began raising funds and operating as a formal organization for the first time, recruiting more than 40 paid editorial team members and volunteers to move its new mission forward. Over the next three years, Createquity produced nearly a dozen intensive research synthesis investigations, monthly arts news round-ups, and regular spotlights on specific publications, and awarded a first-of-its-kind prize for the world’s best arts research.
Createquity sunset operations at the beginning of 2018, but its work will remain available in an archival state indefinitely.
As an avid reader and (former) policymaker, you had true influence on local, state, and federal policy through my and many others’ hands. You made the world better. Be proud of that! —longtime reader
Founder & CEO
Ian David Moss
Editorial Team Members 2013-17
Jack Crager, Managing Editor
Shawn Renee Lent, Alliance Building Team Leader
Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Operations Director
Rebecca Ratzkin, Research Team Leader
Clara Inés Schuhmacher
Michael R. Spicher
Maria Rosario Jackson
Carlos A. Manjarrez