Social Impact of the Arts

Guiding Questions

  • What is the impact of the arts and design on socioeconomic mobility and community health and revitalization, particularly in the Charlotte metropolitan region?
  • How do artists and arts educators conceptualize and assess the impact of arts and design-based efforts on communities?
  • How do we measure the social and community impact of our own creative research practices in the arts?
  • How can we as academics strengthen our region, build arts communities and audiences, and support arts professionals to have a greater impact on Charlotte?
  • How can our academic programs in arts and heritage engage transdisciplinary pedagogies to nurture creativity, develop engaged citizens, and build career competencies?
  • How can our initiatives support a campus community of students, faculty and staff that leverage the arts as catalysts to innovate and creatively work for the public good, particularly in the Charlotte metropolitan region?  

Research Projects

  • Arts Based Social Mobility in Charlotte
  • ArtsImpact Charlotte
  • Grier Heights: Community is Family
  • Representation and the Arts
  • Corridors of Opportunity
  • Arts Education Initiatives

Co-Cadre Leaders

Jacklyn Piatak, Associate Professor, Political Science & Public Administration
Meg Whalen, Director of Communications and External Relations, College of Arts + Architecture

Affiliated Faculty

  • Nadia Anderson
  • Carlos Cruz
  • Janaka Lewis
  • Beth Murray
  • Margaret Quinlan