Art Works Blog

Taking Note

With so many arts offerings going virtual every day, as organizations continually strive to reach new audiences in the era of-COVID-19, it may be easy to forget about the role that arts and cultural venues play as anchor institutions. Even pre-pandemic, research had suggested that community arts...
Since our last installment on this blog in early May, federal data have begun to chart the disproportionate toll of COVID-19 on the arts sector, compared with many other segments of the U.S. economy. A prime exhibit is the “Business Pulse” survey , a weekly questionnaire sent to 100,000 random...
According to federal statistics, more than a third of all artists are self-employed. We also know that many key arts industries consist mainly of small businesses. For example, more than 85 percent of performing arts companies and virtually all design firms employ fewer than 20 workers. The COVID-...
With schools and daycares closed, many parents are looking for activities to engage in with their young children. As part of the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab project awarded to the Vanderbilt Music Cognition Lab in 2018, our Research Lab studies how parent-child musical activities...
Kenneth Elpus was a newly minted doctorate from Northwestern University’s music education program when he learned of a research funding opportunity at the National Endowment for the Arts. Though a choral music educator, he had recently whetted his appetite for statistical analyses of large datasets...
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts released comprehensive data from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) . Since the early 1980s, this nationally representative survey, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, has allowed cultural policymakers, arts...
Four years ago, the Canada Council for the Arts announced its first funding increase toward a doubling of the agency’s budget by 2021. Preparing for this cash infusion, the agency restructured its grant-making programs, moving from a “disciplinary-based” model to an “outcomes-oriented” one...
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...

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