The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs has tasked a team of graduate students with a capstone project analyzing public art in small to mid-sized cities in Tarrant County. Public art is defined as accessible, free, and crafted for general public consumption, not by its budgetary value or impact on the cultural economy, which can include murals, sculptures, memorials, integrated architecture, landscape architectural works, community art, digital new media, performances, and even festivals. Public art adds vibrancy and a unique association to our communities (Walsh and O’Keeffe, 2018).

What is the risk assessment (identification of possible uncertainties and backup plan to mitigate potential issues or unintended events during the execution of the project)?

Data may be unreliable – if we don’t have reliable data, then no conclusions will be valid

· Cities may post distorted, outdated, or otherwise misleading data, and will post in different methods/ways

· Team schedules have proven a risk—not meeting consistently will make meeting goals/objectives/deadlines much more difficult

What are the resources and constraints (the resources available to complete thee project and identification of time, budget, and scope constraints)?

· Constraints–Limited sample size – not every city even tracks public art

· Constraints–Dallas/Fort Worth will naturally attract a lot of arts activity due to size/funding opportunities

· Constraints –No one has SPSS/unless we want to go get our notes from Coursey’s stats class, our statistical analysis will be limited.

· Resources –A lot of info will be publicly available on city websites

· Resources—potential to use National Center for Arts Research dataset via teammate networking

· Resources—mid-sized cities and local proximity means interviews are more possible than if were looking for big cities or non local areas