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 | NEA Research Agenda FY2017-2021 | Shortcut to Findings


Research & Analysis Director

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


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.


Research: Art Works Study Findings
Working papers, publications, and presentations that so far have resulted from NEA Research: Art Works grant funding.

National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs
NEA Research Labs are transdisciplinary research teams that function as centers of excellence for research on key topics associated with the value and impact of the arts.


Artist and two young students working with clay at a table  in the classroom
Headshot of a woman.
Opera Singer and 2012 National Medal of Arts Recipient
The power of music to make us whole


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

Arts Data Profile Series
Collections of statistics, graphics, and summary results from data-mining about the arts.

Resources on Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement
Links to online resources about program evaluation and performance measurement for arts organizations.

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

UMass Amherst NEA Archives Collection
A digitization of more than 40 years of publications on the arts and arts management.


This report stemmed from a research collaboration with the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It analyzes data from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey to quantify relationships...
This report analyzes the work of the nation’s Folk Arts Partnerships (aka state folklife programs), identifying how these programs fortify and celebrate cultural heritage while connecting underserved communities to the...