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Joanna Woronkowicz, PhD

Research Fellow

Much of Joanna’s work focuses on facility development and investment for nonprofit and public organizations. In 2012, she released a co-authored study, “Set in Stone: Building America’s New Generation of Arts Facilities” out of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago.  The study documents building among arts organizations during the latest cultural building boom. Her book on cultural facility development, Cultural Organizations: Building Arts Facilities in U.S. Communities, co-authored with Carroll Joynes and Norman Bradburn, is scheduled for release by Routledge in January 2015.

In her current work, she continues to study the processes nonprofit organizations go through during facility projects as well as the impacts facility investments have on organizational performance. Additionally, she looks at the effects of facilities on urban neighborhoods, and in general, the costs and benefits of owning and maintaining facilities to government.

Using her background and training in public policy and economics, Joanna applies quantitative measurement techniques to study arts policy issues such as artist employment, performance measurement, and arts participation. 

Joanna is currently an assistant professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. She is also an affiliate faculty at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and a research associate at the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago. Joanna received her PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. 


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March 14, 2014 | Nicole Baltazar

Multiculturalism is key for creating inclusive arts experiences


Last month, Coca-Cola aired its now-famous Super Bowl ad depicting people from various racial, ethnic, and cultural groups singing “America the Beautiful” together in different languages. Among the instant outpouring of polarized reactions to this ad rang much praise for its depiction of a multicultural America. Yet the ad provoked a slew of negative responses as well. Many of the ad’s detractors questioned whether this multicultural America could ever feel as cohesive as an America whose citizens speak a common language, and therefore have taken great strides toward assimilating into a common culture.

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