immediate built environment. My study focuses primarily on the physical space(s) in whichsmall and medium-sized, non-profit performing arts organizations carry out their day-to-dayactivities. In most cases, each physical space that was studied functions as a site for performance,education, and administrative initiatives. I was eager to learn how arts organizations found andfunded their buildings, why they chose their location and type of space, and how they adaptedthe space to fit their needs. In addition, I set out to see whether there was a link between buildingtype/physical space and artistic mission/programming.
Overview and Methods
This study consists of four sections in addition to this introduction: Literature Review,National Prototype Case Study, Chicago Case Study, and Conclusion. The literature review takesinto account a large and varied body of publications that offer research in the following fields:urban planning, cultural programming, arts administration, and sociology. There were a numberof recurring topics and keywords, including social and cultural capital, community engagement,creative class and creative economy, urban demography, and cultural geography. Only a smallamount of the literature considered performance arts organizations strictly from the perspectiveof building type or physical space. Still, the combined resources in the related fields proved to beimmensely useful to this interdisciplinary study, especially in combination with the two casestudies.The National Case Study is an analysis of marketing and PR materials, as well as publicreports and records, that shows how arts organizations are attempting to appear more open,inviting, and community-
involved by ‗marketing‘ the physical space in and around which they
carry out their artistic and administrative endeavors. This section is not restricted to Chicago, but