National gatherings with researchers and arts and community experts.
How Art Works | Public Forum
On September 20, 2012 the National Endowment for the Arts will release a new report, commissioned from the Monitor Institute, entitled How Art Works: The National Endowment for the Arts’ Five-Year Research Agenda, with a System Map and Measurement Model. Built upon a wide-ranging literature review, and extensive interviews, workshops, webinars, and online exchanges with arts leaders, community leaders, thought leaders, and policy makers around the country, the report suggests a framework and a "systems map" to guide research, policy, and strategy for the National Endowment for the Arts.
This public forum, hosted by the Arts Management program at American University, seeks to explore this new report, its implications for the NEA's strategy and research, and its resonance or potential for the larger fields of arts, culture, heritage, and humanities. The event was webcast in its entirety.
Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship between the Arts and Health and Well-Being in Older Adults
On Friday, September 14, 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Academy of Sciences co-host a public workshop that will explore the benefit of the arts to the health and well-being of older adults. The workshop is expected to help inform the NEA and the NIH of potential opportunities for research in this area. The gathering will feature leading neuroscientists, psychologists, and researchers and practitioners in health and the arts, who will present findings from research on the arts and aging, in an effort to pinpoint gaps for future studies.
The Arts, New Growth Theory, and Economic Development
New growth theory argues that, in advanced economies, economic growth stems less from the acquisition of additional capital and more from innovation and new ideas. On May 10, 2012, the Brookings Institution and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) hosted a symposium examining new growth theory as a tool for assessing the impact of art and culture on the U.S. economy, including the theory that cities play a major role in facilitating economic growth. The symposium featured papers jointly commissioned by the NEA Office of Research & Analysis and Michael Rushton, the co-editor of the Journal of Cultural Economics. The presentations were moderated by experts from Brookings, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Videos of the symposium sessions are available along with the presenters' PowerPoints and abstracts of the commissioned papers.
Audience Impact Study Literature Review
The National Endowment for the Arts announces a new literature review, Audience Impact Study Literature Review.
Our Town Community Indicators Study
The Our Town Community Indicators Study leverages the NEA's involvement in Our Town projects to advance our understanding of the ways such projects affect communities. More specifically, we plan to design a system of indicators that becomes the national standard for defining, measuring, and conveying the dimensions of livability affected by creative placemaking.
Steven Shewfelt from the NEA's Office of Research and Analysis will conduct a one-hour webinar on the study April 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm ET.
Improving Arts Learning through Standards & Assessment: A National Endowment for the Arts Research Roundtable
On February 14, 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a day-long series of panels and presentations to examine the latest trends, current practices, and future directions for arts learning standards and assessment methods. In addition to moderated panels of experts, the roundtable featured a presentation of the NEA's latest research report, Improving the Assessment of Student Learning in the Arts: State of the Field and Recommendations. The archive of the event webcast is now available.
Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development
The National Endowment for the Arts is leading a new task force of 13 federal agencies and departments to encourage more and better research on how the arts help people reach their full potential at all stages of life.
The Arts and Aging: Building the Science report
Future of the City: The Role of the Arts in Building Communities
A broad array of arts scholars, cultural leaders and audience members participated in in-depth discussions at the June, 2011, "Future of the City: The Arts Symposium" a gathering that charted the community-building role that the arts can play in Chicago and beyond. Five of the sessions are archived on YouTube.
Webinar: Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities
On May 15, 2011, NEA Director of Research & Analysis Sunil Iyengar and Research Analyst Bonnie Nichols presented new NEA research "Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities" [Research Note #102]. "Time and Money" looks at the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities; organizational revenue and expenses; and direct consumer spending. A particular focus on performing arts data provides consistency across these three measurements. The 20-minute presentation was followed by a question and answer period.
Webinar: Preview of Three New SPPA Reports
On February 24, 2011, Sunil Iyengar, Directorof the NEA's Office of Research and Analysis, and the authors of three independent reports analyzing the data from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), presented their findings and answered questions in a public webinar.
The reports explore how factors such as arts education, age and generational characteristics, and personal creativity have affected arts participation patterns in the U.S.
Arts and Livability: The Road to Better Metrics
On June 7, 2010, national experts in the fields of urban planning and community development, design, arts and cultural research, arts administration, sociology, and economics convened in Washington to 1) develop a wish-list of questions that can yield statistically reliable information on how arts, design, and cultural assets contribute to the livability of communities; 2) identify existing or potential data sources for answering those questions; and 3) determine which questions and/or which sources can be adopted most rapidly. A summary of proceedings from this event—including a series of proposed metrics and associated data sources—are now available.
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A Conversation about the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
On December 10, 2009, the Arts Endowment hosted a three-hour roundtable discussion about the the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation's largest and most representative study of adults' arts participation habits. Representatives of national arts service organizations, regional arts organizations, and NEA discipline directors and senior staff participated.
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