Symposium: Arts Policy on the Ground at UMass Amherst

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:00

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the UMass Arts Extension Service and the UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) are creating a new National Arts Policy Archives and Library (NAPAAL) featuring materials from the National Endowment for the Arts. The launch will be celebrated at a symposium titled “Arts Policy on the Ground: The Impact of National Endowment for the Arts,” on Thursday, Sept. 26 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The goal of the NAPAAL project is to assemble key archival collections relating to the history of arts and cultural policy in America and to document and preserve the issues and critical decisions that have shaped the field of arts management, art education, arts policy, and support for the arts. Using the resources and expertise of UMass Amherst’s Department of Special Collections, the documents will be cataloged, selectively digitized, and made available to students and researchers on campus and online free of charge.