Research Round-Up

Saturday, June 15, 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

The annual tradition continues with lightning-fast research summaries from some of the best new research of the year! This is a can't-miss selection of new arts research!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear disparate new research about creative placemaking, creative economy, public art, arts education, social impact, and more!
  2. Explore interconnections with the presenters, and brainstorm what the findings mean to your work.
  3. Learn about upcoming trends and research.


Rachel Engh
Metris Arts Consulting
Easton, Pennsylvania

Rachel Engh is a researcher/planner at Metris Arts Consulting. Located in Easton, PA, Metris provides research, planning, and evaluation services to reveal arts’ impacts and help communities equitably improve their cultural vitality. Since joining Metris in 2015, Engh has worked on a variety of projects at the intersection of community, place, and culture. Recently, she’s explored how communities use arts and culture to activate vacant properties and facilitated webinars to address various technical assistance needs for a national cohort of organizations new to creative placemaking. Engh has spoken about Metris’ work for conferences and webinars and has contributed articles to Public Art Review, Createquity and Americans’ for the Arts’ ARTSblog. When she’s not at Metris, she enjoys sending postcards to family and friends, spending time along the Delaware River, and watching her cat, Harriet, chase crumpled up pieces of paper. Engh holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in Sociology from Grinnell College. Email:

Brenda Kayzar
Owner & Collaborative Strategist
Urbane Drk Consulting
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Dr. Brenda Kayzar is the Collaborative Strategist and owner of Urbane DrK Consulting where she provides research, strategic planning and advocacy leadership support to government and nonprofit organizations. Brenda’s practice is focused on addressing wider economic and social concerns through research based strategies, informed by community.  She facilitates equitable, sustainable, and achievable outcomes for her clients, applying a hybrid of experience from academia, business, and nonprofit leadership.  Brenda has authored works in academic and local presses exploring the economic, political and social contexts of urban change through such lenses as revitalization policy, the creative placemaking paradigm, and gentrification and development impacts to lower-income neighborhoods, communities of color, and the creative sector.  Brenda is regularly in service to civic committees and working groups and she serves on community and nonprofit boards such as the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association and the Arts and Cultural Leadership Program at University of Minnesota.

Claire de Boer
Director, Humanistic Medicine, Arts in Health
Penn State College of Medicine and PSH Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pennsylvania

Claire de Boer holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University and an MS in Global and International Education from Drexel University.  She has led arts and education programs in Ithaca, New York, mid-coast Maine and Rotterdam, the Netherlands.  In 2011, Claire fused her storyline into one culminating project: to found an Arts in Health organization in a large medical center. She has since developed great reverence for the magic of the performing, visual and participatory arts toward health and wellbeing. Claire is a founding board member of the National Organization of Arts in Health (NOAH). She is passionate about NOAH’s initiatives, particularly to “walk the walk” regarding Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; to develop credentialing for professional artists in health; and to grow the research base that measures the impact of the arts on health. Besides her work, her passions are open water swimming, long-distance cycling, yoga, ensemble music, languages and fiber-arts.

Randy Cohen
Vice President of Research and Policy
Americans for the Arts
Washington, District of Columbia

Randy Cohen is Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading arts advocacy organization. A member of the staff since 1991, Randy stands out as a noted expert in the field of arts funding, research, and using the arts to address community development issues. He publishes Americans Speak Out About the Arts, the nation’s largest public opinion study about the arts, and produces the two premier economic studies of the arts—Arts & Economic Prosperity, the national economic impact study of nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences; and Creative Industries, a mapping study of the nation’s 675,000 arts businesses and their employees. His 10 Reasons to Support the Arts blog recently received the Gold Award from the Association of Media & Publishing—their top honor for best blog post of the year.  Randy led the development of The National Arts Index, the annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the U.S. as well as the National Arts Policy Roundtable, an annual convening of leaders who focus on the advancement of American culture—launched in partnership with Robert Redford and the Sundance Institute. A sought-after speaker, Randy has given speeches in all 50 states, and regularly appears in the news media—including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and on C-SPAN, CNN, CNBC, and NPR.

Linda Martinez
Assistant Professor
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Linda Sprague Martinez, PhD is an assistant professor of Macro Social Work Practice, her work bridges Social Work, Public Health and Medicine. Her work examines how assets can be recognized and leveraged by communities to improve living environments and health. She is specifically interested in examining asset-based strategies to tackle health inequities; as such community engaged research (CEnR) approaches like community based participatory research (CBPR) and youth led participatory action research (YPAR) are central to her work. Having formerly worked across municipal and state governmental divisions implementing disparities related policies and programs, and as an adolescent mental health provider, she brings practical expertise in community collaborations designed to engage diverse communities of color and low-income residents in community planning and intervention development.  Dr. Sprague Martinez is an effective participatory principal investigator who has received both federal and foundation funding to support her work.  She has developed trust relationships with community partner organizations locally, regionally and nationally. In 2017 she was a Boston Housing Authority, Center for Community Engagement and Civil Rights, Resident Empowerment Coalition, Resident Empowerment Honoree. Dr. Sprague Martinez has expertise in qualitative research methods, CBPR, YPAR, photovoice, youth engagement and community assessment and planning.

Adrienne Doyle
Development Associate and Teaching Artist
Juxtaposition Arts
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Adrienne Doyle is a multimedia artist whose practice develops DIY tools and models that center the collective, connective, and vulnerable aspects of identity. Her work challenges widely-held narratives and invites her community to speak their truths. Writing and zine-making are at the crux of this work.

Adrienne is the founder of Burn Something Zine, a submission-based, queer- and trans-inclusive zine for women of color. She has collaborated with Red76 to publish the “Dreamy Communal Black Artist House Manifesto,” a proposal for a black artist-led communal household that also functions as public space for study, creation, and cultivation. Her most recent project, titled Returning, is a zine series examining the transformative qualities of grief and the miraculous stabilizing of self.

Adrienne’s work also includes her position at Juxtaposition Arts. Since 2015, she has led the planning and implementation of the organization's Black August programming, using art, design, and community building activities to bring youth through an investigation of movement and abolition work around the US prison system. Currently, she is the staff facilitator for the organization’s current Youth Participatory Action Research project on the accessibility of housing and eviction resources in  Minneapolis, MN.

Justice Jones
Youth Researcher
Juxtaposition Arts
Samika Satterthwaite
Arts Integration Grant Specialist
School District of Palm Beach County