Today we had the opportunity to join Tom DeCaigny, executive director of Performing Arts Workshop, as he visited with corporate giving staff from St. Paul Travelers, one of their funders. Although we've worked directly with funders who require evaluation, this is the first time we've had the opportunity to sit down and learn about the interests of those who primarily support programs. Several questions arose which helped show the value of evaluation even to grantmakers who don't require specific evaluation reports. We were asked about general program outcomes and what they implied for the future direction and opportunities at the Workshop. For example, we have found that the Artists-in-Schools program positively impacts academic attitudes and outcomes. This led to a discussion about the relationship between the arts and learning and how the arts can support students with differing learning styles.