of Texas at Arlington urban planner has become the only urbanist in the country
to win a research grant this year from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Grodach, an associate professor in the School of Urban and Public Affairs, will
examine 30 U.S. cities, ranging from large urban centers to middle and
smaller-sized cities, and their correlation to the arts.
social and economic impacts of artistic concentrations are well-known. This
includes everything from the formation of new businesses to a cleaner and safer
environment,” Grodach said. “In many instances, though, the arts are also
associated with gentrification so we also want to understand the tipping point
at which artistic concentrations go from contributing positive neighborhood
change to engendering displacement.”
project is in the beginning phase and Grodach must still identify the cities
for his study.
noted, however, the well-known impact of the arts in several locations,
including New York, an arts hub and financial center, and Austin, an emerging
arts center with an established music scene and strong tech economy.
is virtually no literature that comparatively analyzes artistic location
patterns across a range of different places and time periods, yet this
knowledge is essential to fostering a deeper understanding of where artists
choose to live and work, and ultimately, to identify where and under what
conditions they make the greatest social and economic impact,” Grodach said.
“This research will enable policymakers to provide more informed and targeted
means of supporting the arts.”
Becker, dean of the School of Urban and Public Affairs, said she is thrilled
that Grodach’s research and expertise has been rewarded through this unique grant.
Grodach is recognized among his colleagues and peers as being an expert on the
impact of the creative class in economic development and this grant will allow
him to extend that research in very meaningful ways for our communities,”
$25,000 award will fund work from July through April 30, 2013.
team will rely on U.S. Census and Bureau of Labor statistics to identify and
analyze patterns of activity for artists and artists’ businesses. At the
conclusion of each project, the researchers will submit a report of their
findings, methods and data sources for posting on the NEA’s website, www.arts.gov.
excited that the NEA is investing in research on the arts and urban
development,” Grodach said. “I was quite surprised when I learned that this is
the first time the agency has provided research grants.”
has researched the arts and cultural economy for the past 12 years. Most
recently, he published work on the neighborhood level impacts of museums and
community art spaces and on the processes and politics surrounding the
formation of cultural policy and planning. He co-edited the book, “Politics of
Urban Cultural Policy: Global Perspectives” due out in October from Routledge.
work is reflective of the excellence transforming The University of Texas at
Arlington, a comprehensive research institution of nearly 33,500 students in
the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.