NEA funds research

What happens to a small, rural business district when it accepts a glass blowing station into its midst?

A team of researchers at East Carolina is determined to find out. 

Supported by a National Endowment of the Arts Research award, Kate Bukoski (Director, School of Art and Design) will lead a multidisciplinary team in evaluating the impact of creative placemaking on a historic business district. 

Bukoski’s research team includes a cultural anthropologist, an economist and a generalist. Together, they’ll gather quantitative and qualitative data to reveal a holistic assessment of the impact of the GlasStation.

Anthropologist David Griffith will conduct focus group interviews and implement surveys of Farmville residents to understand the behaviors, practices and beliefs of the Farmville community. Economist Chun Kuang will collect and measure crowdsourced web scrapes, such as reviews from the website Yelp.com, as an indicator of quality of life issues. Michael Crane will capture property valuation and rent data during the two-year study.

The team will deliver final results to the NEA in May 2019.