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Understanding how to foster creativity is an imperative that cuts across many dimensions of social policy, including education, workforce, the economy, and urban and community development. Accordingly, unpacking how creativity works, how it is expressed, and how it can be measured should be a research priority. While creativity has long been associated with the arts, much available research focuses on distinguishing the arts from other domains of creativity. By contrast, the goal of this Lab is to investigate connections between arts-based creativity and other forms of creativity such as problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and social networking.

To explore and test relationships between arts-based creativity and broader types of creativity, this Lab will conduct 1) a national survey and 2) a mixed-methods study of Nashville artists:

Photo by Julia Dickson, Courtesy of the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville

  • The national survey will examine the relationships between arts participation and other forms and “domains” of creativity, measured by habits of behavior and self-perception, and stratified by socioeconomic and demographic characteristics. The survey will be fielded as part of the AmeriSpeak® Panel, a probability-based panel representative of the U.S. population, designed and operated by NORC at the University of Chicago.
  • The mixed-methods study of Nashville artists will investigate the perspectives of artists who have participated in the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville’s Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training. Periscope is a six-week intensive training opportunity for artists to see their creative vision through an entrepreneurial lens. The curriculum is designed to give artists the perspective and tools to organize, plan, and sustain their creative careers.

Let us know if you would like to receive periodic updates on the Lab’s progress by filling out our Contact Form. As the Lab’s research progresses, research materials, reports on findings, and reflections from arts and culture stakeholders will be made available on the website.

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