Design

Publications

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2015
A white paper based on the "Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place" convening which was held by the National Endowment for the Arts with support from ArtPlace America in November 2014. The convening focused on developing a better understanding of how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, use the term creative placemaking and transform places through their...
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2015
The 2015 Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships. January 2015. 24 pp.
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2014
Commissioned from the Urban Institute, this report describes the methodology and findings of a study to validate the NEA's proposed Arts & Livability Indicators. These metrics use national, publicly accessible data to track outcomes of interest to communities engaged in creative placemaking activities. The report includes a draft "user's guide" to the indicators and their appropriate use...
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2013
This report presents results from an initial analysis of the 2012 SPPA. It contains statistics with demographic insights about U.S. adults' participation across five modes of art activity: attending; reading books and literature; consuming through electronic media; making and sharing; and learning. Findings are discussed for specific art forms and trend data provided where possible. Also includes links to additional...
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2013
This report explores industrial design, both as an occupation and as an industry tied to U.S. manufacturing and other sectors. Drawing on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, the report highlights the number of working industrial designers and their earnings, the industries employing the greatest numbers of designers, and their geographic concentration in...
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2013
A white paper based on the "Social Impact Design Summit," a convening by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; the National Endowment for the Arts; and The Lemelson Foundation at The Rockefeller Foundation offices in New Yorkon February 27, 2012. Social impact design-the practice of designing for public benefit, especially in disadvantaged communities-has been garnering more attention from both professional...
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2010
by Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services, and Anne Gadwa, Metris Arts Consulting: A white paper for The Mayors' Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative on the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation. NEA 2010. 77 pp. See Markusen's presentation of the report to the National Council...
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2005
The Mayors' Institute on City Design is one of the Endowment's most-heralded yet little-known programs. This 24-page brochure provides a thorough overview of the Institute, including an overview by founder Joe Riley, an urban case study, testimonials from program alumni, and a listing of all Institute participants over its eighteen-year history. 24 pp.
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2002
In acknowledgement of the rapidly growing number of dying and abandoned shopping centers and malls across the U.S., the NEA and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars jointly sponsored this conference in February, 2000. The resulting book contains essays by Robert Fishman, Margaret Crawford, and other leading thinkers on urban and suburban culture, as well as new shopping designs...
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Year: 
2002
A significant number of NEA design grants are awarded to programs in which universities engage in community outreach and designing buildings and landscapes for and with the neighborhoods that surround them. The often compelling work of these partnerships inspired this collection of essays and projects that includes work from Design Corps, the Yale Urban Design Workshop, and Sam Mockbee's Rural...
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