2019 GIA Conference
Cultural Intersections
Denver, CO  |  October 13–16

Artists, Work, and Modern Economies

Wednesday, October 16, 8:00am – 9:00am

Tower C

Organized and facilitated by Angie Kim, president & CEO, Center for Cultural Innovation.

Presented by Joanna Woronkowicz, assistant professor & co-director of AEI Lab, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Center for Cultural Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington; and Sunil Iyengar, research & analysis director, National Endowment for the Arts.

As an NEA Research Lab, Indiana University-Purdue University (Indianapolis), in partnership with Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), has launched the Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AEI) Lab to examine ways in which artists work in modern economies. For example, how do artists interact with online crowdfunding mediums, what are artists’ employment and entrepreneurship patterns, and what benefits do artists lend to non-arts industries? The year 2019 marks AEI Lab’s inaugural year, and this will be the first opportunity to share findings and spark a research-informed discussion about how artists are affected by changes in gig economies, technological realms, and non-arts industries. This has been long-awaited research. We look forward to having an open discussion about the findings and the implications which have tremendous potential to affect arts grantmaking approaches.