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Art Room by flickr user cayoup As we wind down another year of NEA research blog posts, I thought it fitting to end on a mildly aspirational note. For a topic, I need look no further than arts education, itself redolent with the themes of hope, striving, and self-discovery. It also helps that I...
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...
Construction Zone by flickr user Matt Mansfield When people talk about research being catalytic, they tend to downplay the chemical nature of the reaction: sparks will fly. At the NEA, Chairman Rocco Landesman has relied heavily on research and evaluation to guide new policies and programs. Of...
As a dad, I know that my seven-year-old son’s summer arts program makes him a happy camper. He spends his days at the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, Kansas, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, and painting with his buddies. That has to be good for him. Right? As a social scientist studying...
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...

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