The National Academies

ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-28 [Active (Synthesis)]

Methods of Airport Arts Program Management
[ ACRP 11-03 (Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices) ]

  Project Data
Funds: $55,000
Staff Responsibility: Jordan Christensen
Research Agency: Nemon Consulting
Principal Investigator: Melissa Nemon
Fiscal Year: 2023


ACRP Synthesis 114 Visual Arts Programs at Airports provides a survey of current practices related to airport arts programs. However, it was beyond the scope to provide methods of managing airport arts programs. Because Synthesis 114 discovered that airport arts programs offer an extraordinary bundle of benefits to passengers, airport stakeholders and airports themselves for a relatively modest cost, the application of the research from the new proposed synthesis can be expected to be immediate and widespread.

The objective of this synthesis is to describe management methods that airports and their arts program administrators use to implement, operate, and manage their programs. The audience for this report is for all airport stakeholders including: 
•    Airport leadership; 
•    Airport arts, operations, maintenance, and safety staff; 
•    Financial management, properties, procurement, and legal staff;
•    Engineering, design, and construction staff; and
•    Community partners, including advisory committees, artists, local arts organizations, educational institutions, etc.    

Information to be described in a concise report includes (but is not limited to):
•    Literature review to include review of Synthesis 114 to ensure there’s no duplication of work.
•    Describe how airport arts programs are developed and managed, including:
o    Governing structures and program management;
o    Plans that help set goals, policies, procedures, and budgets;
o    Advisory and selection committees; and
o    Creating the culture of stakeholder buy-in. 
•    How the culture of the airport and its governance structure impact the diversity and selection of the artwork. 
•    How airport arts programs are integrated into the airport operational environment, including maintenance, conservation and deaccession.
•    How airports quantify the economic and customer engagement impacts of arts programs.
•    Case examples from all airport sizes with a variety of emerging to well established arts programs that include diverse geographic locations, budgets, and funding structures.

Information will be collected through literature review, a survey of airports, and interviews with selected airports for the development of case examples. Knowledge gaps and suggestions for future research to address those gaps will also be identified.

Partial Information Sources
ACRP Synthesis 114, Visual Arts Programs at Airports, 2020 https://www.trb.org/Publications/Blurbs/181488.aspx 

ACRP Report 157, Improving the Airport Customer Experience, 2017. https://www.trb.org/ACRP/Blurbs/174127.aspx 

Milkulenka, Ryan, Millennium Park Quadruple Net Value Report, Texas A&M University and Depaul University, 2011 https://denverleadership.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Millennium-Park-Economic-Impact-Study-2011.pdf 

Uhlir, Edward K, “The Millennium Park Effect,” Economic Development Journal, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2005, pp.20-25. https://www.americansforthearts.org/sites/default/files/Millennium_0.pdf 

TRB Staff
Jordan Christensen
Email: jchristensen@nas.edu

Meeting Dates
First Panel: July 27, 2023
Teleconference with Consultant: September 18, 2023
Second Panel Meeting: April 5, 2024

Topic Panel
Guy Bruggman, City of Dallas Love Field
Peter Carbonaro, Retired (Port Authority of New York and New Jersey)        
Colleen Fanning, Fanning Art Advisory
Gary Martelli, City of Phoenix Aviation Department     
Kevin Nuechterlein, King County International Airport
Theresa Yoffie, St. Louis Lambert International Airport


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