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.


Anne Gadwa Nicodemus
CEO & Principal
Metris Arts Consulting
Easton, Pennsylvania

A choreographer/arts administrator turned urban planner, Anne Gadwa Nicodemus leads Metris’ work. She founded Metris in 2009, oversees its strategic direction and daily operations and also frequently serves as a lead technical contributor on Metris’ projects. Nicodemus brings over 10 years of experience as a researcher, writer, speaker, and advocate whose work focuses on arts-based community development. Nicodemus co-authored Creative Placemaking, the report for the Mayors’ Institute of City Design (2010) that helped define the field. Her book chapters and journal articles “Creative placemaking: Reflections on a 21st-century American arts policy initiative” (Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice, 2019), “Fuzzy Vibrancy” (Cultural Trends, 2013) and “Creative Placemaking: How to do it Well” (Community Development Investment Review, 2014) look more deeply at creative placemaking as cultural policy and its ethics and practical challenges. Nicodemus speaks widely on creative placemaking at universities and professional conferences nationwide, and as far-flung as Macau, the Czech Republic, and Ontario. Since 2012, she has been recognized as one of the nation’s 50 most influential people in the nonprofit arts in WESTAF’s annual peer-nominated list. Nicodemus holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Oberlin College.

Brenda Kayzar
Owner & Collaborative Strategist
Urban 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.