Research & Analysis

Research & Analysis

Research into the value and impact of the arts is a core function of the National Endowment for the Arts. Through accurate, relevant, and timely analyses and reports, the NEA elucidates the factors, conditions, and characteristics of the U.S. arts ecosystem and the impact of the arts on other domains of American life.

Research & Analysis Fact Sheet


Research & Analysis Director

Sunil Iyengar
Sunil Iyengar directs the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Since his arrival at...


David Berlin
Program Analyst,
Neil Chidester
Program Analyst,
Patricia Germann
Research Specialist,
Ellen Grantham
Program Analyst,
Melissa Menzer
Program Analyst,
Bonnie Nichols
Operations Research Analyst,
Patricia Moore Shaffer
Supervisory Program Analyst,

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.


Headshot of Akua Kouyate-Tate
Senior Director of Education at the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


The 2016 Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for Organizations,...
This report is a literature review and gap-analysis of recent research about the arts’ relationship to social-emotional benefits in early childhood. Music-based activities, drama/theater, and visual arts and crafts were...


Research Convenings 
National gatherings with researchers and arts and community experts.

Arts Data Profile Series
Pain-free introductions to arts-related datasets.

Research: Art Works Final Reports
Final reports from Research: Art Works grantees.

National Archive of Data on Arts and Culture
Hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan