Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Lab

The AEI Lab research agenda centers on better understanding the role of arts and culture in innovation through experimental and quasi-experimental empirical research. The lab will focus on addressing the following research topics:

  • What is the artist's role in civic innovation?
  • What leadership role do artists play in emerging “platform” and “gig” economies?
  • Where does innovation and economic growth occur in the digital media sector?
  • Which arts sectors are linked to broader societal innovation, as reflected by U.S. economic and job growth?

Who we are


Doug Noonan, Paul H. O’Neill Professor, O’Neill IUPUI
Joanna Woronkowicz, Associate Professor, O’Neill IU Bloomington

Center for Cultural Affairs

The AEI Lab is part of the O’Neill School’s Center for Cultural Affairs, which is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the role of arts and culture in public life. Visit the the Center for Cultural Affairs website to learn more about its programming, research, and upcoming events.