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18 Mar

NEA Update of Creative Placemaking Research and Program – Part 2 [VIDEO]

In The Art of Placemaking Conference Videos,Videos by Tim Blankenship / 2015/03/18 / 0 Comments

Sunil Iyengar
Research & Analysis Director at the National Endowment for the Arts

Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at the NEA in June 2006, the office has produced more than 25 research publications, hosted several research events and webinars, twice updated the NEA’s five-year strategic plan, and overseen a new and expanded survey about arts participation. In that time, the office also has created an arts system map and long-term research agenda, and has launched a research grants program. Sunil also chairs the Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development.

Some of the NEA’s most recent research includes Valuing the Art of Industrial Design (2013), The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth (2012),  An Average Day in the Arts (2012), and The Arts and Human Development (2011). Sunil and his team have partnered with organizations such as the Brookings Institution, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes to Health to study the arts in relation to such topics as economic development and the health and well-being of older adults. For a decade, Iyengar worked as a reporter, managing editor, and senior editor for a host of news publications covering the biomedical research, medical device, and pharmaceutical industries. He writes poetry, and his book reviews have appeared in publications such as the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The American Scholar, The New Criterion, Essays in Criticism, and Contemporary Poetry Review. Iyengar has a BA in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

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25 Mar

Sponsorship Research for the Placemaking World (video)

In The Art of Placemaking Conference Videos,Videos by Peter A. Mello / 2014/03/25 / 0 Comments

Performance Research: Measuring What Matters

Measuring What Matters in Sponsorship Research

While it’s great to attend a conference and hear from all the experts from within your field, it can be even more useful to hear from experts who work in other fields. At The Art of Placemaking conference we invited Jed Pearsall, founder and president of Performance Research, a global leader in marketing and sponsorship research for Fortune 50 brands, to share his experiences in working with companies that sponsor the Arts. Performance Research’s mission is to help clients capture and measure the value of sponsorship and experiential marketing and reveal the essential truth about the impact.

Performance Research

There was lots of great information in this session. Here’s the continuum of sponsorship research that increases in importance as you move along it from left to right.

Sponsorship research

Jed cited David D’Alessandro, CEO, John Hancock Insurance, and author of Brand Warfare, as being particularly applicable for placemakers:

“Arts & cultural sponsorships have two enormous advantages. First, they represent one of the last kinds of sponsorships where consumers give you credit for just showing up…Secondly, they allow you to be distinctive and win attention by doing something unexpected.”

Many audience members expressed surprise when Jed advised that in all their years of conducting sponsorship research on arts properties, visitors have never expressed concerns to Performance Research about over-commercialization despite this being the biggest fear of art organizations and a hurdle in keeping many from entering into valuable partnerships with corporations. Consumers understand and appreciate that many events and exhibitions would not take place without corporate sponsorship.

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30 Jan

The Art of Placemaking Conference – Session Videos

In The Art of Placemaking Conference Videos,Videos by Tim Blankenship / 2014/01/30 / 0 Comments

As part of our collaborative learning lab we will be posting videos from each of the sessions at our 2013 Art of Placemaking conference. The Art of Placemaking conference featured speakers discussing a wide range of topics from measuring and evaluating creative placemaking’s social impact to sponsorship research and social media for the arts. We had speakers from ArtPlace America; the National Endowment for the Arts; the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism; the Kresge Foundation; and many other local and national organizations. You can see a full listing of speakers and their presentations on the Art of Placemaking conference website.

To kick things off we have posted the session video from Anne Gadwa Nicodemus’ presentation Indicators, Metrics, and Evaluations, Oh My! Anne Gadwa Nicodemus is the founder of Metris Arts Consulting where she is a researcher, writer, speaker, and advocate for creative placemaking. In 2010 she co-authored Creative Placemaking, the report for the Mayors’ Institute of City Design that defined the field.

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