Katya Johanson is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University and co-founder of Public Art Commission. Katya has co-led (with Hilary Glow) the development of Cultural Impact Projects, which responded to a need for rigorous, comprehensive and critical evaluations in the Victorian arts and cultural sector. CIP projects include an evaluation of VicHealth’s ‘Arts about Us’ strategy to build public appreciation of cultural diversity (2013–2015), a study of the impact of the Culture Counts measurement tool on Victorian arts organisations for Creative Victoria (2016), a three-part review of the inaugural Asia TOPA festival (2017), and an assessment of the impact of the Venice Biennale on Australia’s participating artists and the profile of the national arts sector (current). She has also worked with local councils to identify the impact of gentrification on the metropolitan arts economy, barriers to arts participation and the artistic impact of socially engaged arts on artists’ practice.
Katya works in the Art and Performance group in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, and is currently associate dean, Partnerships and International in the Faculty of Arts and Education.