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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...
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...
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...
The National Science Foundation established the Science of Learning (SLC) Program in 2003 in order to advance our understanding of how people, other animals and machines learn. In recognition of the complexities associated with the study of learning, the program provides support for the...
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...
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...

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