Maria Rosario Jackson

Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson is a senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute (UI) and director of UI’s Culture, Creativity and Communities Program. Her research focuses on comprehensive neighborhood revitalization, dynamics of race and ethnicity in urban settings, and roles of arts and culture in communities. She was principal investigator for UI’s flagship project on arts and culture, the Arts and Culture Indicators Project, and created the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at UI. Dr. Jackson also was principal investigator for Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for US Artists. The study was the basis for Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), a ten-year national initiative to support artists. Other arts-related research includes work on cultural participation, artist residencies, artists’ training, and professional development. Currently, her work focuses on active arts participation, art spaces, “cultural kitchens,” and artists working in community development, health, education, environment, and in social justice initiatives. Dr. Jackson also has participated in research on housing desegregation, public safety, parks, and training for K-12 teachers. Her writing has appeared in academic and professional journals and edited volumes. She also has presented at scores of national and international conferences.

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