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Taking Note

Loose Change 2 by flickr user jswieringa The arts can speak to a nation’s soul, but how about its wallet? For the first time, details about the arts’ contribution to overall economic activity, the number of people employed in specific industries, and how much they earn will be available...
A new and accurat map of the world via flickr user Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL When a young Graham Greene trekked across Liberia in 1935, he chose to title the resulting book Journey without Maps . The work became a pivotal entry in Greene's career as a writer, presenting a tonal...
Brushes by flickr user Mae Chevrette Part of the reason I was excited to come to work in the NEA’s Office of Research & Analysis (ORA) was because I anticipated that the challenges associated with better understanding the value and impact of the arts in society would be difficult and...
Day 6: Left Front of My Classroom via flickr user bonnie-brown It's a commonplace of most research reports that they conclude in much the same way, by stipulating that "more research must be conducted." But the statement rings especially true when the study topic itself is cliché-...
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), under the U.S. Department of Commerce, recently announced that goods and services sold to tourists and travelers reached $814 billion in 2011. Travel and tourism, it should be noted, is not a unique economic industry. Rather, it consists of the share of output...
The cover of the 2008 SPPA Report. You can access the full report here . Next month, the U.S. Census Bureau will interview roughly 36,000 Americans about their levels of engagement with the arts as part of the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). Since 1982, this NEA-designed...
Afternoon Coffee by flickr user psd I’ve wandered into many a coffee shop where the slogan was “Good things happen over coffee,” or some variation of the theme. But take away caffeine, conversation, and service with or without a smile, and what’s left? Coffee lids. For Paul...
Pencils by Jacson Querubin thanks to a Creative Commons license Little over a year ago, the National Endowment for the Arts published a research report titled Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation [PDF]. As the title suggests, authors Nick Rabkin and Eric Hedberg...
Art in Colors by flickr user Ishrona After recently experiencing a deluge of change, which involved moving to a new city and taking on a new role as the program analysis officer in the Office of Research & Analysis at the NEA, I’ve begun to generate new ideas for how to create change in...
Houston Symphony Tunes Up by flickr user BFS Man It’s been nearly half a century since William J. Baumol and William G. Bowen advanced their theory of “cost disease,” using the performing arts as a case example. The idea remains as potent as ever: industries that do not realize...

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