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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...
Four silos designed with drawings and lit up in different lights from the inside.
The National Governors Association (NGA) recently released Rural Prosperity through the Arts and Creative Sector: A Rural Action Guide for Governors and States , in partnership with the National Endowment...
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...
The National Endowment for the Arts is on the verge of releasing an omnibus research report on artists and other cultural workers, based on statistics from various federal data sources. Readers familiar with U.S. stats on artists will appreciate that, whether from choice or need, these workers are...
In a recent post on this blog, Patricia Shaffer, PhD, the deputy director of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis, upheld the need for more rigorous research in the field of arts education. Dr. Shaffer based her conclusions in part on a report released last year by...

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