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NEA Announces Funding for Research on the Impact of the Arts

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Apr 16, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has announced $350,000 in support for 17 new research grants that measure different characteristics and contributions of the arts. This is the second annual round of Arts Works: Research grants, which encourage the public to propose research studies using new or existing data sets to measure the value and/or impact of the arts in the United States.

"There is a universal call for more rigorous research on the arts," said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "While there's no universal definition on what should be measured, we hope that the NEA's system map offers a useful starting point. We expect these grants to produce reliable research that can advance public knowledge and understanding about the map's myriad components."
 
These projects investigate areas of research that align with parts of the "How Art Works" system map, such as the cognitive and emotional benefits of art for individuals or the role of arts education and training in achieving broader outcomes. Other projects look at arts infrastructure, arts participation and art-making, and the benefits of art for society and communities.

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