Synthesis Topics

Tools used in the management of airport arts programs: Governing documents, advisory committees and master plans

ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) provides an exhaustive analysis of current practices related to airport arts programs; the Synthesis identifies many tools that airports use to govern such programs and to manage them efficiently and economically. It was, however, beyond the scope of Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 to provide an in depth analysis of precisely how these tools are used for such programs. This new synthesis topic requires in depth research and analysis into how airport arts program use governing documents and advisory and selection committees to support the efficient and effective management of their arts program. The new synthesis topic would also require an exploration of arts program master plans and how such plans contribute to setting the goals, policies and procedures, and budgets for airport arts programs. Finally, because arts programs are just as necessary in times of turbulent events, the new topic includes research and analysis into how arts programs can cope with downturns in passenger traffic and airport revenue resulting from events such as a national disasters (post 9/11 events), a quarantine (such as COVID-19), or recovery from a pandemic .

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) provides an exhaustive survey of current practices related to airport arts programs; the Synthesis identifies many tools that airports use to govern such programs and to manage them efficiently and economically. It was, however, beyond the scope of Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 to provide an in depth analysis of precisely how these tools are used for such programs. This new synthesis topic will provide in depth research and analysis into how airport arts program use governing documents and advisory and selection committees to support the efficient and effective management of their arts program. The new synthesis topic would also require an exploration of arts program master plans and how such plans contribute to setting the goals, policies and procedures, and budgets for airport arts programs. Finally, this new topic includes research and analysis into how arts programs can cope with downturns in passenger traffic and airport revenue resulting from events such as a national disasters (post 9/11 events), a quarantine (such as COVID-19), or recovery from a pandemic .

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

The desired product is a synthesis that provides in depth guidance and information about methods of practice for the significant number of airports with arts programs. The proposed synthesis would continue the work of the general survey provided by ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) by providing a much more detailed survey and analysis of the tools used by airport arts programs and their administrators to opreate and manage their programs effectively and efficiently. Because Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) discovered that airport arts programs are now quite ubiquitous and that they offer an extraordinary bundle of benefits to passengers, airport stakeholders and airports themselves for a relatively modest cost, the application of the research from the new proposed synthesis can be expected to be immediate and widespread.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

It is anticipated that the proposed synthesis would build on the work of ACRP Synthesis 11-02/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) and ACRP Report 157 (Improving the Airport Customer Experience)(2017) by surveying practices at additional airports, providing additional and new case examples, and adding to the existing data. The proposed synthesis would then analyze and synthesize the discovered practices into a comprehensive paper that provides an in-depth description of how such practices are used at case example airports.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.

ACRP Report 157 (Improving the Airport Customer Experience)(2017) describes the value added by various airport programs. ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 (The Benefits of Airport Arts Programs) build on the work of Report 157 and provides a more detailed and exhaustive analysis of the current value and practices related to airport arts programs. Part of the Synthesis identifies the many tools that airports use to govern such programs and to manage them efficiently and economically. It was, however, beyond the scope of Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 to provide an in depth analysis of precisely how the identified tools are used for such programs or to compile an Appendix of these tools and documents. This new synthesis topic requires in depth research and analysis into how airport arts program use governing documents and advisory and selection committees to support the efficient and effective management of their arts program. The new synthesis topic would also require an exploration of arts program master plans and how such plans contribute to setting the goals, policies and procedures, and budgets for airport arts programs. Finally, because arts programs are just as necessary in times of turbulent events, the new topic includes research and analysis into how arts programs can cope with downturns in passenger traffic and airport revenue resulting from events such as a national disasters (post 9/11 events), a quarantine (such as COVID-19), or recovery from a pandemic . In several ways, therefore, the proposed new synthesis builds on and continues the work of ACRP Report 157 and ACRP Synthesis 11-03/Topic S01-21 with a richer and more in depth survey of airport practice.

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