To date, the Task Force has met quarterly to share ideas and information about research gaps and opportunities for understanding the arts' role in improving health and educational outcomes throughout the lifespan. The Task Force has conducted a series of public webinars on compelling research and practices. Additionally, the group has begun a literature review of research on the arts and human development. And in November 2012, four Task Force member agencies hosted a first-ever convening at the National Academy of Sciences to review the current state research on the arts, health, and well-being in older Americans.
Participating federal agencies and departments
See the complete list of Task Force members.
The Arts and Aging: Building the Science. Summary of a National Academies Workshop, "Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship of the Arts to Health and Well-Being in Older Adults." February 2013
Foundational white paper sponsored by the NEA and HHS: The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being (November 2011)
November 30, 2011 - Webinar announcing the launch of the Federal Interagency Task Force
May 30, 2012 - Webinar on the use of digital storytelling in Native Aspirations, a project supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
September 14, 2012 - National Academies Workshop on Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship between the Arts and Health and Well-Being in Older Adults (consponsored by the NEA and NIH)
November 11, 2012 - Task Force Press Announcement
February 27th, 2012 - Meet Our Arts and Human Development Task Force Partners
May 29, 2012 - Create and Relate
June 25, 2012 - The Hidden Benefits of Participating in the Arts
September 17th, 2012 - The Arts Experience Gap
September 18, 2012 - Is Art the Fountain of Youth: A Wrap Up on NEA/NIH conference on arts and aging
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