Research:

  • Arts, Culture and Transportation: A creative placemaking field scan, Transportation for America and ArtPlace America (2017). Transportation for America. This field scan is a rigorous national examination of creative placemaking in the transportation planning process. Released by Transportation for America in partnership with ArtPlace America, this resource identifies ways that transportation professionals can integrate artists to deliver transportation projects more smoothly, improve safety, and build community support.The research explores seven of the most pressing challenges facing the transportation sector today, identifies how arts and culture contribute to solutions, and offers case studies from diverse community contexts.

  • FORWARD, Forecast Public Art. FORWARD, a digital publication and conversation series from Forecast, highlights how artists are partnering with cities, institutions, and communities to courageously tackle the vital issues of our time. It focuses on how cities, communities, organizations, and others can benefit from partnering with and hiring artists to help meet the essential needs of communities.

  • How Artists Help Build Equitable, Empathetic Infrastructure, Next City, 2021. The case for artists (and particularly artists-in-residence in government) as essential components of a federal build back better infrastructure plan.

  • Arts & Planning Toolkit, Metropolitan Area Planning Council (ongoing). The Arts and Planning Toolkit offers an array of tools and strategies to help planners advance arts and culture as both a catalyst for and an essential component of community development. It provides resources for planners and other government staff who are interested in innovating their planning and community development work through projects and partnerships that engage arts, culture, and the creative community. The Toolkit presents a menu of strategies grounded in case studies of real projects that are exemplary of how arts and culture can be an effective component of planning, community development, land use, housing, transportation, economic development, public health, and public safety projects and initiatives.

  • A New Tool to Advance Equity: Artists in Residence in GovernmentThe International City/County Management Association's journal, 2021. This pieces introduces new research findings by our CAIR Lab team around artists-in-residence-in-government and the possibilities of advancing racial equity in cities. 

  • Artists in the Swap: Can Artists Embedded in Government Help Achieve Racial Equity?, Harvard University, 2019. Masters thesis research paper. This paper investigates the recent phenomenon of artists embedding in government through residencies and asks if artists in these positions have played a role in advancing racial equity in cities. Racial equity is an issue of high priority to many cities, yet it has proven a challenging change to implement. This study seeks to answer that question through a deeper understand of what skills and sensibilities artists bring into traditional government environments, as well as highlight two case studies (City Artist, Minneapolis, MN and MAPC’s Artist-in-Residence program) to better understand how cities might integrate artists to move the needle on racial equity. Through interviews and observation of these program, the report concludes with a set of findings and recommendations that emphasize the importance of internal anti-racism work inside of agencies as the primary success story and most valuable impact artists-in-residence
    can have. The expected impact of deepening the agency’s engagement tactics is also important but does not affect the same kind of sustainable change that internal agency racial equity work can.

  • On Her Shoulders: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2019. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about the documentary film detailing Yazidi activist Nadia Murad’s struggle to navigate the media and international advocacy apparatus while advocating tirelessly for her people.

  • Happy Winter: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2019. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about Italy’s economic decline and the rising interest in populist politics through the eyes of a small vacationing community in Mondello, Italy.

  • Call Her Ganda: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2019. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about the legacy of U.S. imperialism in the Philippines, as well as the dangers of transphobia.

  • The Distant Barking of Dogs: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2019. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about the experiences of a young Ukrainian boy living on the frontlines of war in the village of Hnutove in eastern Ukraine.

  • The Feeling of Being Watched: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2019. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about FBI surveillance of a Muslim community in the suburb of Bridgeview, Illinois pre-9/11, and filmmaker Assia Boundaoui’s effort to expose the targeting of her community. 

  • The Silence of Others: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2019. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about grassroots citizen activism that seeks to reverse the culture of forgetting that has helped cover up the crimes of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco (1939-1975) and challenge the amnesty laws that have blocked the prosecution of the perpetrators. 

  • Whose Streets?: Discussion Guide, PBS POV, 2018. A discussion guide and background information to facilitate dialogue about the first-hand perspectives of local activists and residents in Ferguson and St. Louis, MO impacted by the murder of Michael Brown who was killed by the police.

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