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Taking Note

As we close out Black History Month, we wanted to take Big Read Friday to share a few writers' thoughts on what it has meant to be African-American, and how their background has influenced their writing. Click on each author or poet's name for an in-depth interview. "You begin to love to write...
Tener duende, to have a certain magic Last month, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in partnership with the NEA's Office of Research & Analysis (ORA), released the 2014 Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). Top-line statistics from the account include the share of U.S. GDP...
[Just before the holidays last year, the NEA released a report jointly produced by its Office of Research & Analysis and the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Titled Measuring Cultural Engagement: A Quest for New Terms, Tools, and Techniques, the report is unlike other NEA...
Which is easier to identify: a sour note or a faltering business model? The fact that millions tune into American Idol each week, and can immediately identify the tone-deaf contestants immediately, should give the nod to the sour note. In contrast, even if some ludicrous businesses were included...
"Only connect." —E.M. Forster It's become common practice in certain circles of arts advocacy and cultural policy to say that artists are entrepreneurs. Nor is this solely a doctrine of convenience. In the last two decades, the values of creativity and innovation have figured increasingly in...
In the late 1950s, while touring for the State Department, the jazz musician, Dave Brubeck became fascinated with the unusual meters he heard in the street music of Turkey and Bulgaria. Back in the U.S., he and composer Paul Desmond translated those elegant quintuple rhythms into a quartet, naming...
Oliver Douglas: Keep Manhattan, just give me the countryside. Lisa Douglas: Dah-ling I love you but give me Park Avenue. -TV theme song to Green Acres In the '60s sitcom Green Acres , Oliver Douglas quits his law practice in New York City to move to Hooterville and begin life as a farmer. His wife...
It's grant application season in the NEA's research office! This week, we officially release our FY15 Research: Art Works grant guidelines. Below is a summary of what's new, what's different, and what's important to know as a potential applicant. BIG Changes to the FY15 Research: Art Works Grant...
Carl Grodach, most recently as an associate professor at the University of Texas Arlington's School of Urban & Public Affairs, has worked hard to complicate our view of where arts organizations choose to locate. In a February 2014 journal article based on NEA-funded research, Grodach and his...
At a social science research gathering a few years ago, I was treated to a dazzling series of presentations about the measurement of subjective well-being. I saw results from life-satisfaction surveys and findings from time-use diaries that attempted to record the daily experiences people regard as...

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