BLOOMINGTON, IN. – The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation (AEI) Lab at the Center for Cultural Affairs (CCA) is hosting a data visualization competition for Indiana University (IU) students based on data provided by Creatives Rebuild New York (CRNY). The competition runs from October 16 - November 17.
The competition is an opportunity for IU students to showcase their talents as graphic designers, visual story-tellers, and data crunchers. The AEI Lab is looking for individual students, or teams of not more than four, who can create interactive visuals using data collected from artists who applied to a Guaranteed Income Program through CRNY. Co-director of the AEI Lab, Professor Doug Noonan, described the CRNY collaboration with the Lab as "an exciting opportunity for our students to be creative and exercise their data skills for a project on the public sector.”
Creatives Rebuild New York is supported by the Mellon Foundation as an initiative to restore New York State’s art and cultural regions after the impact of COVID. CRNY operates the Guaranteed Income for Artists and Artist Employment programs, which support individual artists and challenge racial and financial inequalities to help build a more prosperous cultural ecosystem in the arts and cultural sectors with the goal of a more equitable future in New York State.
The AEI Lab, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab (NEA) program, is working with CRNY on two projects. The first project involves integrating the data collected from CRNY’s Guaranteed Income for Artists program into a publicly accessible website primarily for use by policy and government officials and practitioners working in the arts sector and the general public. The website is planned to launch in 2024. The second project is conducting a program evaluation of the Guaranteed Income for Artists program. Professor Joanna Woronkowicz, co-director of the AEI Lab, describes the collaboration between CRNY and the Lab as, “an illustration of the potential for informed policymaking when academics and policymakers work together.”