Art Works Blog

Taking Note

Some recent news stories have captured the economic draw of the performing arts—going so far as to compare the sector favorably with sports. For instance, a November 19 headline in The Wall Street Journal proclaims: “ Concerts Are New Arenas’ Main Attraction, Rather Than Sports .” In the...
The corporate sponsors of a marketing study called “The Infinite Dial” describe it as “the longest-running survey of digital media consumer behavior in America.” The 2019 survey report , which Edison Research and Triton Digital released earlier this year, focuses largely on podcasting, social media...
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts honored the 2019 class of National Heritage Fellows with a free concert that included lively exhibits and conversations about folk and traditional arts in the United States. The National Heritage Fellowship is this country’s highest tribute to the...
We’re almost a month away from the application deadline for the 2020 Research Grants in the Arts program (formerly called Research: Art Works). As in previous years, the National Endowment for the Arts will award grants to support experimental and quasi-experimental studies that seek to identify...
The systematic collection and analysis of federal statistics about the arts can be traced to the mid-1970s, when the National Endowment for the Arts established a research function. Among core measurements we routinely take are: the breadth and frequency of arts participation in the U.S.; the...
Back in April, the National Endowment for the Arts co-hosted two research events devoted to the expansive theme of “the arts, creativity, cultural capital, and economic dynamism.” The events consisted of research talks at the Arts Endowment’s headquarters, and at the annual meeting of the...
Artists have high rates of self-employment. The fact is well-established among cultural researchers, if not in public discourse. The National Endowment for the Arts’ most recent report, Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait , ups the percentage. Artists are now 3.6 times as...
In 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts launched Our Town, a grant program that invests in projects that bring together diverse community partners to integrate the arts and culture into community revitalization work—a practice known as creative placemaking . Since then, more than 500 projects...
April is National Poetry Month , a literary celebration that offers an opportunity to highlight the creative legacy of American poets, encourage the reading of poems, and support teachers in bringing poetry into their classrooms. One of the many ways that the National Endowment for the Arts...
In late 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts published results from an analysis of business establishments in rural areas hosting performing arts centers. The report , which agency research staff co-authored with an economist from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), concluded that rural...

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