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Taking Note

"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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The comprehensive budget proposal that President Obama submitted to Congress in March includes a report titled " Analytical Perspectives. " The document lists a series of "Social Indicators," data points meant to contextualize federal spending priorities. There, under the...
The poster depicted above was originally created by Katherine Milhous as part of the WPA Federal Art Project of Pennsylvania. The WPA (Work Projects Administration) was a New Deal agency in operation from 1935 to 1943. Artists sponsored by the WPA's Federal Art Project include a Who's Who...
Among the many information requests our office fields in a typical week, people occasionally ask us to reconcile sets of research findings, which, at first glance, may seem incompatible. This happened again quite recently — only this time one of the data points in question was ours. The NEA...
" My accountant says I did this at a very bad time. My stocks are down. I'm cash poor or something. I got no cash flow. I'm not liquid, something's not flowing. They got a language all their own." -Woody Allen in Manhattan , 1979 In the 1979 movie Manhattan , Isaac Davis (...

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