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NEA Unveils Five Year Agenda with New Report

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Sep 20, 2012

On September 20, 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released a new report, How Art Works. The report describes the agency's five year agenda, framed and informed by a "system map" and measurement model designed to help answer the complex question "How do you measure how art works -- on people, on communities, or on society?"

The map is grounded in the theory that arts engagement contributes to quality of life in a virtuous cycle from the individual level, to the societal level, and back. The map helps illustrate the dynamic, complex interactions that make up this particular system, from "inputs" such as education and arts infrastructure, to "outcomes" such as benefits of the arts to individuals and communities. The NEA developed the map through a series of dialogues with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners in the arts, economics, education, health, and other fields.

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