National Research and Policy

NOCD-NY’s work is informed by a host of innovative support resources, including…

Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP)

University of Pennsylvania’s Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) researches types of “natural cultural districts” and provides direction to cultivate them.

Cultivating “Natural” Cultural Districts
“Natural” Cultural Districts: A Three-City Study

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) provides financial, policy and technical support for local revitalization work:

Urban Institute Staff photos

Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD is an expert in the fields of urban planning, comprehensive community revitalization and arts and culture. Jackson is senior advisor to the arts and culture program at the Kresge Foundation. She has written extensively on art and culture’s role in community change:

Artists’ Hybrid Work Challenges Old Ways of Evaluating Quality and Impact.
“There Is No Place Like Home: What Makes a Neighborhood a Place You Don’t Want to Leave?”
Progress in Arts and Culture Research: A Perspective
Cultural Vitality in Communities: Interpretation and Indicators
Investing in Creativity
Art and Culture in Communities: Unpacking Participation
Art and Culture in Communities: Systems of Support
Culture and Commerce

Ann Markusen
is the director of Project on Regional and Industrial Economics at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Principal of Markusen Economic Research. Her research explores creative placemaking, the nurturing of and contributions of artists to economies and communities, regional and local arts and cultural ecologies.  Examples of her work include:

Creative Placemaking
California’s Arts and Cultural Ecology
Arts and Culture in Urban/Regional Planning: A Review and Research Agenda
Native Artists: Livelihoods, Resources, Space, Gifts
Urban Development and the Politics of a Creative Class: Evidence from the Study of Artists


Metris Arts Consulting provides research, analysis, and planning support to help arts and cultural activities strengthen communities–and vice-versa. Anne Gadwa Nicodemus serves as Metris Arts Consulting’s key technical contributor and manages daily operations. A choreographer/arts administrator turned urban planner, Nicodemus is a leading voice in arts and community development. Metris’ recent research includes:

Jeremy Nowak
Creativity and Neighborhood Development: Strategies for Community Investment


Holly Sidford



The Field Museum
Alaka Wali, curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division

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