For the First Time in its History, the National Endowment for the Arts Awards Grants for Arts Research
May 30, 2012
Washington, DC -- For the first time in the 47-year history of the National Endowment for the Arts, the agency's Office of Research & Analysis will award grants to 15 research projects to investigate the value and impact of the arts in the United States. These grants, totaling $250,000, support projects designed to use existing, high-quality datasets to examine novel and significant research questions about the arts. The grantees are from 11 states and their awards range from $10,000 to $30,000.
The recommended projects explore three different areas:
At the conclusion of each project, the researchers will submit a report of their findings, methods, and data sources for posting on the NEA's website, arts.gov.
"In order to create well-designed and responsive arts programs and policies, we need to have solid, research-based evidence about how art works," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "We are excited to learn what these projects will reveal and look forward to sharing each of them broadly with the American public."
NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar said, "I'm pleased that in addition to publishing research reports and hosting research and policy conferences, the NEA can support the work of other researchers dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the value and impact that the arts can provide for our country's citizens."
Examples of projects supported with these grants are:
Please see full descriptions of the grants.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
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