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ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 [Active (Synthesis)]

Successful Arts Programs at Airports
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $45,000
Authorization to Begin Work: 6/15/2019 -- estimated
Staff Responsibility: Gail R. Staba
Research Agency: Midwest Airport Consultants
Principal Investigator: Timothy R Karaskiewicz
Fiscal Year: 2019

Final Scope

Engaging experiences are what airport travelers desire. Happy and engaged passengers spend more money while awaiting their flights.  The arts are becoming a crucial component of airports around the world as a gateway to the city.  As airports are often a reflection of a city’s cultural image, arts and culture are a vital presence and can provide a sense of place and tell a visual story about the region.   Increasing specialized expertise through the use of art curators, arts administrators, and subject matter experts is needed to oversee the professionalism, success and operational risk management of arts programs at airports. 

As the global economy grows and security concerns multiply, traveling through and waiting at airports is now a common experience for more and more travelers. According to Airport Council International (ACI), passenger traffic at airports worldwide is expected to more than double to 14 billion by 2029. With US airports expanding, renovating and reconstructing to accommodate expected growth, airport operators have an opportunity to shape and enhance passengers’ experience by curating and introducing culturally rich and meaningful art experiences through visual and performing arts in public airport spaces.

Cultural, educational, and aesthetic experiences are essential to the airport environment as a community hub.  These experiences offer tangible and well-studied benefits, including, among others:

• Improving the overall travel experience. As ACRP Report 109, Improving Terminal Design to Increase Revenue Generation Related to Customer Satisfaction, found, “travelers appear to value the relaxation afforded by cultural offerings, which may reduce stress.”
• Exposing travelers to local cultural and environmental riches, which can increase visibility of the artists.
• Expanding community goodwill and partnerships.
• Fostering business, economic development, and tourism opportunities in the region by identifying the region as a center for creative economy.

There are few resources for airport managers and program managers to learn about benefits and challenges of airport arts programs. The objective of this report is to understand why airports develop arts programs, describe the benefits and challenges, present existing successful models and partnerships, identify costs and funding sources, and offer practical tools and guidance for airports of all sizes.  The audiences for this resource are airport executives, arts staffs, and stakeholders; government leaders; and community and arts stakeholders.
This synthesis of practice will document the current state of the practice and provide an overview of resources and tools available to help airports of all sizes develop and implement successful arts programming.  The research shall gather and compile literature and data in a concise report.  Data of interest includes, but is not limited to:
• Documentation regarding why airports pursue art programs, including value and benefits.
• Information on benefits and challenges of arts programming at airports
• Successful partnerships among airports and artists, cultural organizations, and other subject matter experts
• Processes airports have used to introduce arts programming at various stages (e.g., as part of renovations, expansions, new construction, city initiatives, special events, etc.).
• Additional practices of interest include but are not limited to:
o Investment in visual culture:  governance, funding models, staffing
o Budget, curatorial practice, media focus, permanent and/or rotating exhibits, benchmarks, preparation and storage, exhibit space, infrastructure required in exhibit space, placement, security and insurance, approval processes, advisory committees, selection panel practices, conservation and maintenance.

• Appendix materials such as airport exhibit policies; arts master plans; agreements with local organizations for curation and interpretation; contracts; loan documents; pre-installation checklists; press releases; brochures, promotional tools and branding; installation schedules and timelines; didactics; cost sheets for art installations; conservation documents; and other useful tools.
At least 15 airport arts programs descriptions resulting from in- depth interviews of varying sized airports are envisioned.  Potential airports include: 
LH-SFO, DEN, LAX, MIA, ATL, PHL, MCO; MSP. YVR, SEA, PHX
MH- AUS, DAL SNA, PIT, JAX, CIN
SH/NH- ALB, FAT, RNO, CHS
This research intends to focus on airport terminal arts programs and not on-airport museums. 

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Topic Panel
Sarah M. Cifarelli, Los Angeles World Airports
Leah Douglas, Philadelphia International Airport
Kathy Greenwood, Albany International Airport
Tommy Gregory, Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Cory Hurless, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
Gendry Sherer, Miami International Airport
Thomas Cuddy, Federal Aviation Administration--Plan & Environ Div (APP-400)
Elizabeth Arritt, American Association of Airport Executives
Rebecca Kaczkowski, Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute
Christine Gerencher, Transportation Research Board

Consultant
Timothy R Karaskiewicz
Midwest Airport Consultants
phone: 414/704-6980
email:
trklaw@gmail.com

TRB Staff
Gail R. Staba
Airport Cooperative Research Program
phone: 202/334-2442
email:
gstaba@nas.edu

Meetings
First Meeting: 5/3/2019, Washington, DC
Teleconference: 6/25/2019;2:00 pm EDT  
Second Meeting: 1/6/2020 Washington, DC

 

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