Jennifer Novak-Leonard, NORC Research Associate & CPC Research Manager; and Joanna Woronkowicz, assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University
Jennifer Novak-Leonard presents a preview of her forthcoming NEA report.
Jennifer Novak-Leonard, Senior Consultant, WolfBrown
The presentation looked at new research from one of the five competitive NEA research grants to examine and interpret data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts and previous SPPA surveys (1982, 1992, 2002). Jennifer Novak-Leonard heads the project looking at relationships between attendance and personal arts creation. Her research examines new ways of measuring arts participation and the implications for arts organizations' practice and for policy.
Jennifer Novak, WolfBrown
Historically, it has been difficult for arts organizations to demonstrate and assess their true impact on the communities they serve. In the absence of other measures, success is often reported in terms of revenues and attendance. However, these same organizations define success very differently in their mission statements - arts organizations are in the business of transforming individuals and communities through arts experiences.
Caryn, Sarah, and Jennifer, all second-year master's students at the Harris School, will present the approach that they've taken to define and measure the arts and culture as a sector of the workforce, and discuss the implications for cultural policy making of their approach in comparison to the approach taken by Richard Florida in The Rise of the Creative Class. This work stems from research undertaken in conjunction with the City of Chicago's initiative, "Advancing Chicago's Civic Agenda Through the Arts."