SPEA and IUPUI are pleased to collaborate with the National Endowment for the Arts to launch the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab under its Research Labs initiative. The work in this lab is undertaken in partnership with the IU Public Policy Institute and the Center for Cultural Innovation.
National Endowment for the Arts research lab to study arts and innovation
The AEI Lab research agenda centers on better understanding the role of arts and culture in innovation through experimental and quasi-experimental empirical research. The lab will focus on addressing the following research topics:
- What is the artist's role in civic innovation?
- What leadership role do artists play in emerging “platform” and “gig” economies?
- Where does innovation and economic growth occur in the digital media sector?
- Which arts sectors are linked to broader societal innovation, as reflected by U.S. economic and job growth?
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AEI Lab activities
The AEI Lab will commission additional, new research papers from lab research fellows and other lab affiliates, broadening and deepening the lab’s research portfolio on the roles of artists and cultural assets in promoting innovation. The lab will disseminate research reports for the projects it supports, leading up to a symposium in mid–2020. This event will bring scholars and practitioners together to advance our understanding of the role of arts in entrepreneurship and innovation.