The Arts and Creativity, Cultural Capital, and Economic Dynamism

Type: Paper
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Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Marriott Ballroom Salon 3, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Timothy Wojan, Sunil Iyengar
Chairs: Timothy Wojan

Call for Submissions

We are interested in abstracts for the session. Papers presented also may be eligible for presentation at a research conference in Washington, D.C. in the summer or fall of 2019. Although not sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), this separate event will extend work that the University of Iowa’s Rural Policy Research Institute completed as a NEA Research Lab. See


The session will examine how linkages among the arts and general creativity, cultural capital, entrepreneurship, and innovation can contribute directly or indirectly to economic development. Although the nexus of cultural and economic geography will be critical to this discussion, the session organizers are especially interested in analyses that address phenomena across a wide range of disciplinary approaches (e.g., from economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology, or urban or rural planning) and research methods (e.g., quantitative or qualitative, mixed-methods, or experimental or quasi-experimental).
Papers that address the following topics are of interest:
• Cultural mapping
• Creative place-making
• Creativity, associative thinking, and innovation
• Community effects of arts entrepreneurship
• Local governance, social capital, and arts and culture
• The role of arts and culture in addressing community crises
• Interactions between cultural capital and natural capital (or other forms of capital)
• The role of place-based and unique cultural assets in community dynamism.
• Other topics that advance public understanding of the relationships among the arts and creativity, culture, and economic development


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Thomas Johnson*, University of Missouri, J Matthew Fannin, Louisiana State University, Emily Wornell, Ball State University, Charles Fluharty, Rural Policy Research Institute, Sam Cordes, Purdue University, Rural Arts and Culture through the lens of the Comprehensive Wealth Framework 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Sunil Iyengar*, National Endowment for the Arts, Bonnie Nichols, National Endowment for the Arts, Timothy Wojan, Economic Research Service, USDA, What’s Place Got to do With Art? A Statistical Study Using the Annual Arts Basic Survey 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Joanna Woronkowicz*, Indiana University, Doug Noonan, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, On Experiments in the Arts 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Joni Palmer*, Geography & Environmental Studies, Cultural Planning and Geographical Imaginations: The Role of Affective Mapping in Revealing/Re-valuing Places 20 9:00 AM
Presenter James Murdoch*, 2M Research Services, Patricia Moore Shaffer, National Endowment for the Arts, Terry Nichols Clark, University of Chicago, Carl Grodach, Monash University, Daniel Silver, University of Toronto Scarborough, Strategies of creative placemaking in local economies: Results from the NEA Our Town program 20 9:20 AM

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