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Taking Note

As my colleague Steven Shewfelt noted in a recent post , the NEA has published initial findings from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). The survey tracks U.S. adult patterns of arts engagement in a variety of modes (e.g., attending, creating, learning), formats (e.g.,...
"The commonality between science and art is in trying to see profoundly—to develop strategies of seeing and showing." — Edward Tufte The NEA has partnered with the United States Census Bureau six times since 1982 to conduct the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA...
As a developmental psychologist, I find it amusing to consider the National Endowment for the Arts’ Research: Art Works program as something of a toddler. The program has entered its third year and continues to find its footing in the larger world of research grants. I came to the NEA in...
In last month's post for this series , I blogged about a speech given by Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I'm not stalking the President's chief economic aide, I assure you, yet I did observe that in...
"What in the world do you think you are? A superstar? Well, right you are. But we all shine on..." ---John Lennon, "Instant Karma" When it comes to economics, Alan Krueger is nothing less than a rock star. As a Princeton professor of economics and public affairs, he has written...
[From the director of the NEA Office of Research & Analysis: Joanna Woronkowicz joined the NEA in early 2012 as Senior Research Officer. In her time at the Office of Research & Analysis, she gave considerable thought---working with the rest of our staff---as to how we should structure and...
Earlier this year, the ever-prolific Barry Hessenius asked some of us in arts research to take part in a weeklong round of interviews for his blog at WESTAF. Reading that exchange, I was struck by how many piquant observations were left hanging in mid-air, not owing to inarticulateness, but because...
Last September, in opening remarks during a National Academy of Sciences workshop on the arts and aging , I posed some questions about research in this field. As reported in Aging and the Arts: Building the Science (2013), an account of the workshop, jointly sponsored by the NEA and the National...
Crayola Lincoln Logs by flickr user laffy4k It’s not given to every government to define creativity, much less to avail of creative methods, backed by rigorous standards and statistics, for tweaking that definition when necessary. Britain can show the way in both respects. As explained...
One of the most rewarding aspects of working in the Office of Research & Analysis is our frequent collaboration with artists and others in the arts and cultural fields---a passionate, creative bunch. In our time with the Arts Endowment, we have found such opportunities to be endlessly...

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