Synthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices. Topic S01-21. Benefits of Arts to Airports and Stakeholders

As the global economy grows and security concerns multiply traveling through and waiting at airports is now a common experience for more and more travelers. According to Airport Council International (ACI), passenger traffic at airports worldwide is expected to more than double to 14 billion by 2029. With US airports expanding, renovating and reconstructing to accommodate expected growth, airport operators have an opportunity to shape and enhance passengers’ experience by curating and introducing culturally rich and meaningful art experiences–through sculpture, sound, lights, performances, visual art, green spaces–into public airport spaces. Airports in the United States have been designed to ensure efficient flow of people and cargo, with wayfinding, security, and shopping considerations also added. Cultural, educational, and aesthetic experiences are introduced in a secondary manner even though these experiences offer tangible and well-studied benefits, including, among others: (1) Improving the overall travel experience. As ACRP Report 109 found, “travelers appear to value the relaxation afforded by cultural offerings, which may reduce stress.” and (2) Exposing travelers to local cultural and environmental riches, which can increase local site visitation and regional tourism. There are few easily identified resources for airport managers and program managers to learn how to develop and curate such experiences. The objective of this compilation of practice is to provide a resource that describes the benefits, existing successful models and partnerships for acquisition and curation, costs and funding sources, and practical tools and guidance of value to airports of all sizes. The audience for this resource is airport managers and community arts stakeholders. Research will document the current state of the practice and provide an overview of resources and tools available to help airports of all sizes integrate art. Information gathered and compiled in a concise report includes, but is not limited to: (1) Provide information on benefits of integrating art experiences into travelers’ spaces at airports; (2) Document successful partnerships among arts providers and airports; (3) Document stages at which airports have introduced arts experiences (e.g., as part of renovations, expansions, new construction, etc.); (4) Compile guidance to airports on how others integrate art experiences into airports, including costs; (5) Assemble appendices such as airport arts policies; agreements with local organizations for curation and interpretation; examples of integration plans, spacial layouts, installation schedules and timelines, signage; cost sheets for art installations; curations guidelines; and other useful tools. This research intends to focus on airport terminal arts programs installations and not with on-airport museums. Data collection should include a minimum of nine US airports (three each small, medium and large hubs); and three or more organizations representing airport arts stakeholders that have provided guidance to existing airport arts programs.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-03, Topic S01-21

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC    20024
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Start Date: 20181023
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01687059
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-03, Topic S01-21
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 26 2018 3:04PM