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NEA Releases Guide to Community Engaged Research in Arts and Health

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Jan 11, 2017

In support of the increasingly-frequent collaborations between artists, arts administrators, and community health organizations, the NEA has published an online guide for researchers and practitioners. The document, The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health, advises arts practitioners and biomedical or behavioral health researchers how to partner effectively in documenting and studying the contributions of community-based arts programs to positive health outcomes.

As the guide notes, “professionally-trained researchers can help arts organizations and artists to understand the efficacy and effectiveness of their programs; to validate, improve, and replicate these programs as health interventions; and to obtain broader support from funders, policy-makers, and the community members who are most likely to benefit.” In the same way, professional researchers have much to learn from the expertise and insight of arts professionals.

Learn more and read the complete guide here
 

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