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Nancy Rodgers © Exploratorium Physicist and educator Frank Oppenheimer founded the Exploratorium in 1969 as a museum of art, science, and human perception. A hybrid between a laboratory and a public museum, the Exploratorium’s roots lie in an interdisciplinary approach to understanding...
Making Science Intimate Earworm (node) by Deborah Aschheim, 2008, speakers, LED's, plastic, copper tubing. This sound sculpture translates the musicians' improvisation on the word "node,"(which brings up associations of connectivity in an information network, or mutation/...
Recently, I attended one of the workshops associated with the rollout of a new book , Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art . The book includes results of “intrinsic impact” research commissioned by Theatre Bay Area and conducted over the last two years. It also...
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...
Row of Seats by flickr user trancedmoogle Just before the holidays, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) released a 171-page stocking stuffer, America’s Youth: Transitions to Adulthood . The report compiles and analyzes nationally...
Eldery Gentleman by flickr user Lucia.. In my early to mid-20s, I was a reporter and then managing editor for a news service that covered biomedical research and health policy. Based in the Washington, DC area, I had two main beats. One was Capitol Hill and its vast network of scientific societies...
"How Big Is Your World? Riverside, CA Multicultural Youth Festival III Riverside, Ca. April 29, 2007" by flickr user danorth1 Last week, after my presentation to the National Council on the Arts, newly appointed member Aaron Dworkin raised his hand. What did I think of a report just...
"You are the music while the music lasts"-- T.S. Eliot by flickr user Chovee When the NEA released results from its 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts , the numbers on jazz got plenty of attention. From trade journals to the popular press, reporters latched on to the decline...
No Cash Value courtesy of flickr user bigcityal Arts and cultural organizations are long accustomed to referring to artworks as “assets”---but what about the U.S. government? Apart from the NEA and other cultural agencies, the deliberate use of this term to connote artistic value is not...
Washington, DC " art " by Swrobski via flickr Last summer, when the NEA rewrote its strategic plan for the next five years, it placed a premium on research and the sharing of ideas. As an explicit goal, the agency now strives to “promote knowledge and understanding about the...

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