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ECU gets grant to discover impact of glassblowing in Farmville

FARMVILLE, Pitt County - East Carolina University's College of Fine Arts and Communication has received a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to research the cultural and economic impact of a glassblowing studio in Farmville.

Below is a press release on the grant.

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East Carolina University's College of Fine Arts and Communication has received a $20,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to research the cultural and economic impact of a glassblowing studio in Farmville.

The NEA announced the awards June 14. ECU was one of 19 organizations in North Carolina to receive the competitive national funding.

The studio, called the GlasStation, is a former service station in Farmville's historic downtown repurposed as a glassblowing studio and education center. ECU began teaching academic classes and conducting community outreach programs in the facility in January.

The two-year award will primarily fund research by ECU graduate students in anthropology and economics on the social and economic revitalization impact of the GlasStation on Farmville's business district. Residents will be asked about the GlasStation, how it affects their sense of identity and community cohesion and quality of life. Researchers will also look at how property is used, sold or rented in the historic business district. Surveys, interviews and observation will help provide data for the research. 

The GlasStation and the research are the results of the College of Fine Arts and Communication's community engagement in Farmville. Partners include the Tabitha M. DeVisconti Trust, the Farmville Group, a volunteer economic development association interested in growing the local economy through the arts, and ECU.

Kate Bukoski, director of ECU's School of Art and Design, is the lead principal investigator of the study. Christine Avenarius and David Griffiths of the Department of Anthropology and Chun Kuang of the Department of Economics are co-principal investigators. Michael Crane of the College of Fine Arts and Communication also is an investigator.

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