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The number of older adults is rapidly increasing throughout the world. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the number of adults over age 65 in the U.S. will almost double by 2030. There is a pressing need to develop novel, sustainable, and cost-effective approaches for promoting health and well-...
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...
The debaters pose for a (mock) action shot mid-debate. (left to right) Steve Lambert, Alexis Clements, and Deborah Fisher. A “Death Match” focused on arts funding? Sounds bloody and dramatic, and like something that might involve a lot of paper cuts. Probably best to be avoided. But...
As we welcome the new year, the Office of Research and Analysis (ORA) would like to take a moment to reflect on progress made toward two of the goals and outcomes emphasized in the NEA's strategic plan. One goal is "to engage the public with diverse and excellent art," a key outcome...
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...
This weekend, millions of American workers will take a break from the daily grind, including artists and arts workers. Learn more about this segment of the workforce in this Labor Day quiz. *********************************************** Q How many working artists are there in the U.S.? [showhide...
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-...

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