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Cultural Policy Center

​The Cultural Policy Center (CPC) is a nationally recognized, joint initiative of the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and NORC and is dedicated to researching and understanding the most significant issues affecting arts and culture from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.

Founded in 1999, the CPC serves as an incubator for new ways of understanding arts and culture, particularly how they work, and how they are informed and affected by policies in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The Center’s expertise is drawn from collaborations with faculty and students throughout the University of Chicago and with researchers and cultural sector leaders across the globe.

The Center’s work is informed by a commitment to the following:

  • Developing research that provides the basis for informed policy decisions affecting cultural institutions, activities, and markets.
  • Generating policy options for cultural administrators and policymakers.
  • Preparing students of public policy for careers in the cultural sector.
  • Developing future researchers and scholars in the field of cultural policy research.

Advancing public dialogue on policy and culture issues of the day.

The CPC draws upon the expertise of the University of Chicago faculty and graduate student researchers, as well as other national and international scholars and cultural sector leaders. Given the Center’s position at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, law, and policy, we have worked with a wide range of interdisciplinary scholars who use multiple methodologies for studies that have included cultural policy at the state level, the arts workforce, arts censorship, cultural amenities, economic impact analyses, and contingent valuation methodology.

The CPC’s CultureLab initiative exemplifies the thought leadership role that the Center plays in the arts community. Convened by the CPC, CultureLab is an innovative partnership with a consortium of 12 leading international arts consultants and the Cultural Policy Center, organized to spur innovative and critical thinking in the field, to facilitate and support experimentation among arts and culture organizations and individuals, and to develop and implement relevant, objective research in and for the cultural sector.

Areas of Expertise

  • Culture
  • Arts and Humanities
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Architecture and Buildings

 Major Capabilities

 

  • Program and Policy Analysis and Research
    • Evaluation
  • Dissemination
  

Representative Projects

Cultural Infrastructure in the United States. The Cultural Policy Center's largest continuing project is the research funded by the Kresge, Mellon, and MacArthur foundations on "Cultural Infrastructure in the United States," a national study of the organizational decisions behind, implementation strategies for, and consequences of the building boom in museums, theaters, and performing arts centers in the U.S. between 1994 and 2008. It is the first comprehensive analysis of cultural building in the United States to be carried out at this scale and depth. More

Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP). There have been remarkable advances in arts education, both in and out of schools, over the last fifteen years, despite a challenging policy environment. Teaching artists, the hybrid professionals that link the arts to education and community life, are the creative resource behind much of this innovation.The Teaching Artists Research Project (TARP) deepens our understanding of world of teaching artists through studies in twelve communities, and it will inform policy designed to make their work sustainable, more effective, and more meaningful.  More

Headlines

All News

Published Research "The Retention of Chicago’s Arts Students in Comparative Perspective.", Novak-Leonard, J. and Baach, P., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.13.2014 9:23AM
Press Release Local Public Grants for Art in Chicago Relatively Low, New Report Finds More
Posted: 6.5.2014 5:01PM
Published Research "Measuring Chicago's (Artistically) Creative Economy.", Novak-Leonard, J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.16.2014 9:11AM
Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Published Research "Family Change and the State of Family Sociology.", Farrell, B.G., VandeVusse, A. and Ocobock, A., 2012 More
Posted: 10.30.2012 10:08AM
News PBS News Hour: NORC Senior Fellow Carroll Joynes discusses the infrastructure around our art buildings More
Posted: 10.11.2012 9:46AM
News Better Together: A Grantmakers in America Blog: Taking another look at the Cultural Policy Center's Set In Stone More
Posted: 8.15.2012 4:22PM
Published Research "Set in Stone: Building America's New Generation of Arts Facilities, 1994-2008.", Woronkowicz, J., Joynes, D.C., Frumkin, P., Kolendo, A., Seaman, B., Gertner, R. and Bradburn, N.M., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.11.2012 9:29AM
News The New York Times: The happiness of Liberals and Conservatives, with GSS data More
Posted: 7.9.2012 3:52PM
News The New York Times: Evaluating architecture for the arts, with commentary from NORC Senior Fellow Carroll Joynes More
Posted: 6.28.2012 12:30PM
Press Release Careful planning and focus on audience crucial to success of new cultural facilities More
Posted: 6.28.2012 9:45AM
News The Daily Beast: Considering Mitt Romney's presidential plans, with data from the GSS More
Posted: 12.27.2011 2:34PM
News ARTS.UCHICAGO.EDU: "Cultural Policy Center events inform a new Chicago Cultural Plan" by NORC's William Anderson More
Posted: 12.9.2011 3:38PM
News The Huffington Post: "California Congress: The Richest 1%" with information from the Survey of Consumer Finances More
Posted: 11.14.2011 3:26PM

News

Press Release Local Public Grants for Art in Chicago Relatively Low, New Report Finds More
Posted: 6.5.2014 5:01PM
News NORC Senior Fellow Carroll Joynes discusses the infrastructure around our art buildings More
Posted: 10.11.2012 9:46AM
News Taking another look at the Cultural Policy Center's Set In Stone More
Posted: 8.15.2012 4:22PM
News The happiness of Liberals and Conservatives, with GSS data More
Posted: 7.9.2012 3:52PM
News Evaluating architecture for the arts, with commentary from NORC Senior Fellow Carroll Joynes More
Posted: 6.28.2012 12:30PM
Press Release Careful planning and focus on audience crucial to success of new cultural facilities More
Posted: 6.28.2012 9:45AM
News Considering Mitt Romney's presidential plans, with data from the GSS More
Posted: 12.27.2011 2:34PM
News "Cultural Policy Center events inform a new Chicago Cultural Plan" by NORC's William Anderson More
Posted: 12.9.2011 3:38PM
News "California Congress: The Richest 1%" with information from the Survey of Consumer Finances More
Posted: 11.14.2011 3:26PM
News Cultural Policy Center study featured in WSJ article on emerging concert venues More
Posted: 9.28.2011 4:21PM
Press Release Teaching Artists Found Critical to the Future of Arts Education More
Posted: 9.21.2011 2:06PM
News Arts and the city: A conference looks to the future More
Posted: 9.1.2011 6:13PM
News Nick Rabkin Interviewed about President's Committee on Arts and Humanities Report More
Posted: 8.30.2011 10:01PM
News Nick Rabkin Talks about Art Education More
Posted: 8.30.2011 8:11PM

Events

Publications

"The Retention of Chicago’s Arts Students in Comparative Perspective.", Novak-Leonard, J. and Baach, P., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.13.2014 9:23AM
"Measuring Chicago's (Artistically) Creative Economy.", Novak-Leonard, J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 5.16.2014 9:11AM
"Family Change and the State of Family Sociology.", Farrell, B.G., VandeVusse, A. and Ocobock, A., 2012 More
Posted: 10.30.2012 10:08AM
"Set in Stone: Building America's New Generation of Arts Facilities, 1994-2008.", Woronkowicz, J., Joynes, D.C., Frumkin, P., Kolendo, A., Seaman, B., Gertner, R. and Bradburn, N.M., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.11.2012 9:29AM
"Leaders Bridging the Culture Gap.", Joynes, D.C. and Grams, D., 2008 More
Posted: 10.26.2011 10:12AM
"Diversifying the Arts: Bringing in Race and Ethnic Perspectives.", Morris, F. and Farrell, B.G., 2008 More
Posted: 10.26.2011 10:06AM
"Building Youth Participation.", Farrell, B.G., 2008 More
Posted: 10.26.2011 10:05AM
"Changing Culture and Practices Inside Organizations.", Farrell, B.G., 2008 More
Posted: 10.26.2011 10:04AM
"Entering Cultural Communities: Diversity and Change in the Nonprofit Arts.", Grams, D. and Farrell, B.G. (eds)., 2008 More
Posted: 10.26.2011 10:02AM
"Teaching Artists and the Future of Education: A Report on the Teaching Artist Research Project: Executive Summary.", Rabkin, N., Reynolds, M.J., Hedberg, E.C. and Shelby, J., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 9.20.2011 2:50PM
"Teaching Artists and the Future of Education: A Report on the Teaching Artist Research Project.", Rabkin, N., Reynolds, M.J., Hedberg, E.C. and Shelby, J., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 9.20.2011 2:43PM
"Indicators and the Federal Statistical System: An Essential but Fraught Partnership.", Bradburn, N.M. and Fuqua, C.J.E., 2010 More
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM
"Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation.", Rabkin, N. and Hedberg, E.C., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM
"The Psychology of Survey Response.", Tourangeau, R. and Bradburn, N.M., 2010 More
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM
"Demographic Transformation and the Future of Museums.", Farrell, B.G. and Medvedeva, M., 2010 More
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM

Resources

Learn more at the Cultural Policy Center website.

Contact

Betty Farrell

(773) 256-6326