Publications

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2016
Responding to a need identified by the federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development, the NEA commissioned this guide from the cognitive neuroscientist Julene Johnson, PhD, UCSF, and the arts consultant Jeff Chapline, New Art Horizons. It advises arts practitioners and biomedical or behavioral health researchers how to partner effectively in documenting and studying the contributions of...
Year: 
2016
In partnership with the NEA, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) published a literature review on arts-based programs and art therapies for at-risk, justice-involved, and traumatized youths. This review explores recent research on arts-based programs and arts therapies. Programs were considered arts-based if at least one of the main components was an arts-related...
Year: 
2016
The purpose of this report is to update the findings of the Urban Institute's 2003 study Investing in Creativity, which identified support systems necessary for artists, including material supports, validation, markets, networks, training, and information.
Year: 
2015
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 among the types of arts participation studied. The review covers the period of 2000 to 2015. 30 pp.
Year: 
2015
This report summarizes themes and trends emerging from psychological and neurobiological studies of creativity. It explores models for trans-disciplinary research collaborations and it foregrounds artistic creation as a process worthy of more rigorous study. Based on a two-day workshop held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in July 2014, the report also discusses the urgency of such research for broader societal...
Year: 
2015
This report examines demographic and socio-economic characteristics of adults who attended visual and performing arts activities in 2012, but unlike prior NEA research it offers in-depth perspectives on attitudes, motivations, and barriers concerning arts attendance. Based on a NEA module to the 2012 General Social Survey (GSS). 62 pp. January 2015 Download report Arts Data Profile #4: Why Don't They...
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2015
This report synthesizes findings across several modes of arts participation (attending the visual and performing arts, reading literature, creating/performing art, using digital media to consume art, and learning within the arts) to show how many American adults--and from which backgrounds--have engaged in art throughout the decade of 2002 to 2012. Based on the NEA's Survey of Public Participation in the...
Year: 
2014
This report summarizes a June 2014 symposium held at the Gallup Headquarters in Washington, DC, in partnership with the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council. Cultural researchers, practitioners, and policymakers from the U.S., the UK, and other countries met to review common assumptions, techniques, and challenges in measuring cultural engagement. The report offers expert guidance on how those measurements can...
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2014
Commissioned from the Urban Institute, this report describes the methodology and findings of a study to validate the NEA's proposed Arts & Livability Indicators. These metrics use national, publicly accessible data to track outcomes of interest to communities engaged in creative placemaking activities. The report includes a draft "user's guide" to the indicators and their appropriate use.
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Year: 
2013
This paper accompanying release of the ACPSA preliminary estimates for 1998-2011 consists of two parts: one explains the background and inner working of the account -- including an explanation of methods used and international sources consulted -- and the other advances a new framework for understanding the arts/cultural labor force with comparable rigor, as well as how to estimate arts...

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