Associated Research and Advisory Group (ARAG)

I3C evolved as an idea and an international public-private partnership model (civil society, governments, and inter-governmental organizations) out of Dr. Nadezhda Savova’s doctoral dissertation project at Princeton University’s Anthropology Department and the Princeton Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies. For this reason, I3C has since its inception been grounded in and continues to support applied scholarship and research as crucial for a deeper understanding of the global, national, and local forces impacting community cultural life and social change.

Below are links to I3C’s Associated Research and Advisory Group (ARAG), which is a group of academic institutions, research centers, and individual researchers whose work relates to I3C’s work and whom Dr. Nadezhda Savova has gotten to meet and/or know through their works over the years. Many of these individuals and institutions provide advise to I3C on various issues and are thus form the advisory component of ARAG.

We encourage and actively seek research, both academic and non-academic, that strives to contribute to a richer vision of the sphere of community cultural development and related cultural policy.

Our Associated Research and Advisory Group (ARAG) welcomes new members at any time: the relevant institution or individual (professor, student, or independent researcher) needs to send us a letter of interest, CV, and/or a sample of pertinent written work.


• Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS), Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (

• Cultural Agents Initiative, Harvard University ( and their Publications (

• The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, New York University ( and their Publications (

• Community Arts Network Reading Room (
• Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP), University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, USA (
• The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), USA, Office of Research & Analysis (
• Center for Community Arts and Cultural Policy, Univeristy of Oregon (
• Center for Arts and Culture, Americans for the Arts, USA ( culturaldiplomacy.cfm)
• Arts Policy & Administration Program, Ohio State University , Director Dr. Margaret J. Wyszomirski (
• Center for Creative Community Development, C3D ( a joint project of Williams College and MASS MoCA is the US focal point for research, education and training on the role of the arts in community re-development; read more in C3D’s Case Studies
• Lab for Culture (, Research Organizations Database (
• European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (, Compendium on Cultural Policies and EU Intercultural Dialogue Research (
• European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centers (
• Community Arts Database, Holland (www.communityartdatabase.hl); Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam Media Research Center, Holland (; Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, Holland ( , Contact Person, Eugene Vanerven)
• Cultura 21 International Network, “Scholars and artists for human social systems to evolve in harmony with one another and with their environment” ( )
• Cross-Sectoral & Community Arts MA/Postgraduate Diploma Certificate, Goldsmiths University of London, UK (, Contact person, Chrissie Tiller)
• Network of Networks for Research and Cooperation in Cultural Development, WWW Resource Centre, Zagreb, Croatia ( )
• Sofia International Urban Management Conference Proceedings (April 29, 2009), Foundation for Urban Projects and Research, Sofia, Bulgaria, Contact Person, Dr. Yuryi Vulkovski, Sofia University ( )
• Centro de Estudios de Estado e Sociedad (CEDES), Buenos Aires, Argentina (, Contact Person, Dr. Mario Roitter)
• InterArts, Barcelona, Spain (, contact person Jordi Balta (see report on cultural center/centros civicos in Catalunya at
• Music and Arts in Action, MAIA ( and their news section for calls for papers


(in alphabetic order)

- Andreas Wiesand, Director, ERICarts

- Arlene Goldbard, community arts practitioner and consultant,

- Barbara Kirshenblat-Gimblett, PhD, Performance Studies Dept, NYU

- David Throsby, PhD, Specialist on Cultural Economics, Professor of Economics, Faculty of Business and Economics, Macquarie University (

- Diana Taylor, New York University, Performance Studies Dept

- Do Hyun HAN, Ph.D., Academy of Korean Studies, Professor of Sociology, consultant on the Seongnam network of community cultural clubs (

- Donald Adams, Mid-America Arts Alliance (, community arts practitioners and consultant

- Doris Somer, PhD, Cultural Agents Director, Harvard University

- Francois Matarasso, researcher, writer, and consultant on cultural policy and cultural development (

- Mark Stern, PhD, Social Welfare and History Dept and SIAP, University of Pennsylvania

- Paul di Maggio, PhD, Sociology Department, Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies (CACPS) Director, Princeton University

- Dr. N.S. Ravishankar (India), Honorary ARAG Fellow and International Representative of I3C to India and Asia; poet, academic and rural development projects expert; receiver or Indian national and international awards for promoting International peace and understanding

- Susan Seinfert, Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) Director, University of Pennsylvania