Assessing Citizens and Visitors’ Awareness, Sharing of Meaning and Engagement in Dallas Public Art

13 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2010

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Elisabetta Lazzaro

Southern Methodist University

Zannie Voss

Southern Methodist University

Date Written: October 14, 2010

Abstract

The Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Dallas manages the acquisition and conservation of a broad collection of commissioned and donated works of public art, contributing to make Dallas a vibrant place to live and work and a great place to visit. Facing reduced availability of public funds and increased competition with other sources of public expenditure, the Public Art Program seeks to gain higher visibility and awareness among citizens through a series of measures, including better promotion. In order to assess Dallas citizens' and visitors' awareness, meaning and commitment to the City's Public Art, we have designed, distributed and analyzed a public survey. Respondents' contingent valuation of the Collection in terms of meaning of the Public Art is cross-examined with their socio-demographic and economic characteristics. In particular, we control for level of education and arts education, income and wealth, residence and relationship with Dallas.

Keywords: Stated Preferences Analysis, Cultural Built Heritage, Users' Preferences, Demandled Policy

Suggested Citation

Lazzaro, Elisabetta and Voss, Zannie, Assessing Citizens and Visitors’ Awareness, Sharing of Meaning and Engagement in Dallas Public Art (October 14, 2010). ESA Research Network Sociology of Culture Midterm Conference: Culture and the Making of Worlds, October 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1692194

Elisabetta Lazzaro (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University ( email )

6212 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

Zannie Voss

Southern Methodist University ( email )

Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts
6212 Bishop Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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