Arts & Culture Research Topics (Municipal Cultural Policy (What models…
Arts & Culture Research Topics
Historic Preservation & Heritage
Municipal/regional staffing for arts & culture
RPAs + COGs + MPOs with arts staff and planning offices with arts staff. Objections? Desired impact?
Models of municipal cultural affairs capacity - funded, staffed
Responsibilities of historic preservation planners - what is their day to day? Are there areas where they feel less prepared and need support?
Historic Preservation & Heritage/ Municipal Policty
What are the economic forces driving tear-downs and reconstruction?
Can home renovations be expanded to offset cost of maintenance?
What are some models of zoning to promote denser, historic building form?
What are artists' main sources of funding?
What might be sustainable funding for creative placemaking in the absense of main street or cultural district. Does it exist?
Affordability + location + quality of space to live & work
Where are artists studios located - in commercial, industrial, or residential sites?
Where do artists MAKE? What spaces do they need to make?
Satisfaction and saftey + quality of artists space. Where are people working? Home garages? Industrial areas?
How might we identify vacant storefronts to promote temporary uses?
regional patterns and land use/zoning impacts
What are legal obstacles to affordable housing for artists?
What are some special use permitting processes (incl. cost etc.) so we may develop/identify best practices?
Municipal Cultural Policy
What are some best practices for creative workforce development?
How might we establish regional career pipelines?
Should artist housing strategy be managed through cultural districts where applicable?
Should historic preservation be managed through cultural districts where applicable?
How are arts and cultural districts contributing to district success and local creative economy?
Do cultural districts need a stronger district designation like BIDs to work?
Are cultural districts benefits to connecting cultural districts to cultural facility management?
What models are used elsewhere to make these more successful and sustainable? :
How should/can cultural districts be funded?
Can cultural districts work to expand affordable housing for artists through the committee structure like an artist housing taskforce?
What leverage do municipalities have to incentivize developers to build public amenities?
What are some models for recreational use permits?
What are some state level policies and incentives for the inclusion of art in public infrastructure?
What are some municipal level policies and incentives for including art in public infrastructure?
How can we build resources and artist capacity for public art?
Arts Equity & Access
Equity in access. Do communities of color feel they have access to cultural experiences reflective of their culture?
Are communities of color equitable and adequately represented in preservation projects and narratives?
TAP research interests
How might we quantify the benefits of clean energy - might lighting reuse and recycling as means of reducing energy consumption?
Climate residlience - what are site conditions best suited to green infrastructure art projects? Can these be mapped?
How to serve equitable access to economic opportunity?
How might we identify art & cultural spaces at risk of displacement and eviction?
What are some models for effective public private partnerships to operate mixed use arts and creative spaces (eg cooperatives + collectives)?
What are some models for effective public private partnerships including development of artists work space (for production/manufacturing)?
Should the state protect the right to use home for creative pursuits?
Creative economy access to arts education
Do we have access to data where we can distinguish commercial/retail that supports the local creative economy and food systems?
How are communities using their cultural assets data? How does it inform policy and planning?
Which municipalities in the region have a strong showing of temporary or permanent public art and what data and mapping documents that cultural activity?
How might we identify and map innovative adaptive reuse of structures?
Can we chart developments that use Historic Tax Credits after they expire? What happens to these structures?