The Arts and Aging: Building the Science
In September 2012, the National Endowment for the Arts teamed with the
National Institutes of Health to sponsor a National Academies workshop
titled "Research Gaps and Opportunities for Exploring the Relationship of
the Arts to Health and Well-Being in Older Adults." This report from the
workshop includes a summary of the proceedings as well as observations
and recommendations on how to strengthen the quality of such research.
The workshop and report emerged from collaborations made possible by the
Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts and Human Development. February 2013. 30 pp.
Design and Social Impact: A Cross-Sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research, and Practice
A white paper based on the "Social Impact Design Summit," a convening by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; the National Endowment
for the Arts; and The Lemelson Foundation at The Rockefeller Foundation offices in New Yorkon February 27, 2012. Social impact design-the practice of designing for public benefit, especially in disadvantaged communities-has been garnering more attention from both professional and aspiring designers in a variety of disciplines. February 2013. 40 pp.
2013 NEA Guide
The 2013 Guide provides details on the programs and activities that the NEA supports, as well as funding deadlines for our various grants. Included is information on Grants for Arts Projects, Our Town, Literature Fellowships, Lifetime Honors, and Partnerships (including NEA initiatives). January 2013. 24 pp.
2013 NEA Jazz Masters
Profiles the 2013 class of NEA Jazz Masters: Mose Allison, Lou Donaldson, Lorraine Gordon, and Eddie Palmieri with brief biographies and selected discographies. January 2013. 16 pp.
2011 Annual Report
Highlights of NEA activities during Fiscal Year 2011
How Art Works: The National Endowment for the Arts' Five-Year Research Agenda, with a System Map and Measurement Model
How do you measure how art works - on people, on communities, or on society? It's a broad question, and the National Endowment for the Arts offers an ambitious plan to "map" the arts to better understand and measure this complex, dynamic system. How Art Works describes the agency's five-year research agenda, framed and informed by a groundbreaking "system map" and measurement model. 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. September 2012. 46 pp. In addition to the main publication, you will access the two appendices by clicking "Download pdf"
How the United States Funds the Arts
This report provides a comprehensive overview of the diverse network of public and private funders that directly and indirectly support the arts in the U.S. It explains the role of the National Endowment for the Arts and other public partners at the federal, state, and local levels as well as that of private partners, such as foundations, corporations, and individuals. 26 pp.
NEA Jazz Masters 30th Anniversary
Profiles NEA Jazz Masters from 1982 to 2012 with brief biographies and selected discographies for all 124 honorees. Includes an essay on the 30th anniversary of the program by NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, and an audio CD of NEA-produced Jazz Moments, radio shorts of interviews with NEA Jazz Masters. January 2012. 136 pp. Listen to the tracks from the "Jazz Moments with NEA Jazz Masters " audio CD.
2010 Annual Report
Highlights of NEA activities during Fiscal Year 2010
The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for
the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being
In March 2011, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services hosted a first-of-its-kind event to
showcase and discuss recent research on the arts and human development.
The one-day forum examined the relationship between the arts and positive
health and educational outcomes at various segments of the lifespan—from
early childhood, to youth and adolescence, to older adult populations.
This white paper summarizes major themes from the forum, and highlights
related studies. It also makes recommendations toward establishing a
long-term federal partnership to promote research and evidence-sharing
nationwide. 38 pp.
Masters of Traditional Arts Education Guide
Created by Paddy Bowman, Betty Carter, and Alan Govenar, this guide
presents meaningful instruction for learning about a diverse array of
traditional artists and art forms for students in grades 4 through 12. The
many interdisciplinary curriculum suggestions in the guide are adaptable
for any traditional artists, helping students better connect to their
communities and cultures. An online version of the education guide is
available at www.mastersoftraditionalarts.org. 2011, 80pp.
National Heritage Fellowships 30th Anniversary
Profiles of many of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients from
1982 to 2011. In all, 80 Fellows are profiled, including the 12 Bess Lomax
Hawes Award recipients. Also included is the NEA National Heritage
Fellowships DVD-ROM, created by Documentary Arts, with photos, videos, and
audio recordings of all the
Heritage Fellows. NEA 2011. 90pp.
2011 NEA Opera Honors Program Booklet
Features profiles of the 2011 Opera Honors recipients and of all previous
honorees. With an introductory essay by Patrick J. Smith. 60 pp. October
Re-Investing in Arts Education: Winning America’s Future
The culmination of 18 months of research, meetings with stakeholders, and site visits all over the country, this President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities report represents an in-depth review of the current condition of arts education, including an update of the current research base about arts education outcomes, and an analysis of the challenges and opportunities in the field that have emerged over the past decade. It also includes a set of recommendations to federal, state and local policymakers. May 2011. 88 pp.
2009 Annual Report
Highlights of NEA activities in Fiscal Year 2009
by Ann Markusen, Markusen Economic Research Services, and Anne Gadwa, Metris Arts Consulting: A white paper for The Mayors' Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative on the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation. NEA 2010. 77 pp.
See Markusen's presentation of the report to the National Council on the Arts.
Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program
A guide to the The Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Program, created by Congress in 1975, which provides indemnification against loss or damage for eligible art works, artifacts, and objects in domestic and international exhibitions. 8pp. March 2009.
National Endowment for the Arts: A History 1965-2008
This publication documents the agency's major activities since its creation by the United States Congress in 1965. Also included are overviews of the agency's impact on dance, literature, media arts, museums, music, opera, theater, and visual arts. January 2009. 310 pp.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States
Herb and Dorothy Vogel, with the assistance of the National Gallery of Art and Institute of Museum and Library Services, gifted 2,500 works from their collection throughout the nation, 50 works going to a selected arts institution in each state in the country. The National Endowment for the Arts created a catalogue to be distributed to each of the participating institutions that provides an overview of the program and samples of the artwork from the collection. Introduction by Ruth Fine of the National Gallery of Art. More information about the initiative at vogel5050.org. 242 pp. 2008
Operation Homecoming Guide for Writers
The Operation Homecoming Guide for Writers is a new resource for troops and veterans who are participating in the current phase of Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience. The guide features selections from the Operation Homecoming anthology paired thematically with writings by veterans of past conflicts. The guide also offers writing exercises and essays on the elements of literature ? such as narrative structure, dialogue, and perspective ? to help troops and veterans begin writing or refine their stories.
NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting American Writers
The publication includes a list of all the writers and translators who have received the award, as well as a brief history of the fellowship program, sidebars highlighting some of the NEA Literature Fellows, and a section on NEA Literature Fellows who have received other national awards and honors. March 2006. 60 pp.
Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions
An updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery: Post-Disaster Aid for Cultural Institutions. Includes summary descriptions and contact information for 15 federal grant and loan programs and covers sources of federal assistance for preparedness, mitigation, and response, as well as for recovery. Sample projects in disaster planning, training, treatment research, and restoration illustrate the funding guidelines.
Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook
Designed to help organizations not only comply with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, but to assist in making access an integral part of planning, mission, programs, outreach, meetings, budget and staffing. Copies of the book can be ordered through the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies web site. The publication can be downloaded at no charge in Portable Document Format (PDF).
National Medal of Arts
This publication provides information on the National Medal of Arts and how to submit nominations. Included is a list of all award recipients from 1985 to the present.
Imagine! Introducing Your Child to the Arts
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2004. This reprint of the 1997 NEA publication revises and updates the previous edition's material on introducing children to the arts. Made for parents, the publication includes activities and suggestions in literature, dance, music, theater, visual arts, folk arts, and media arts aimed specifically at children ages 3-8 years old. Includes pull-out guide of arts activities. 68 pp.
Shakespeare in American Communities Educational Toolkit
First published in 2003 as a complement to the Shakespeare in American Communities national theater touring initiative, the Shakespeare in American Communities educational toolkit provides everything a teacher might need to bring Shakespeare alive in middle- and high-school classrooms. The toolkit contains, among other things, an audio CD, two award-winning films, a recitation contest, teacher's guide, and posters, especially created as a coherent curriculum. This toolkit is available only to teachers through the Shakespeare in American Communities website.
The Art in Peacemaking: A Guide to Integrating Conflict Resolution Education Into Youth Arts Program
This 2002 publication is the result of a four-year collaboration between the Arts Endowment and The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Designed to strengthen arts programs directed to underserved youth, the initiative provided training in conflict resolution skills to the artists, staff, administrators, and young people participating in these programs. The National Center for Conflict Resolution Education developed and provided the training. This publication provides background on the partnership and the rationale behind blending the arts with conflict resolution. It details the nature of conflict and provides arts based activities and ideas for integrating the conflict resolution principles into all types of arts programs. The resources section includes a bibliography and descriptions of how participating programs incorporated conflict resolution principles into their daily activities. 78 pp.
Arts Programs for Juvenile Offenders in Detention and Corrections: A Guide to Promising Practices
This 2002 monograph was produced as the final product of a two-year federal collaborative project between the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Arts Endowment. This publication documents the three pilot programs and three enhancement sites in the project, describes the elements of successful arts-in-juvenile justice programs, recounts problem areas such as security concerns and recommends solutions, and includes survey findings of 26 national arts-in-juvenile justice programs with a summary report. 40 pp.
Publication is available by contacting the author, Grady Hillman, at 512-467-8382, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. $5.00 for shipping.
Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development
Published by the Arts Education Partnership with support from the NEA. Details the relationship between learning in dance, drama, music, multiple arts, and visual arts, and the development of fundamental academic and social skills. 160 pp.
Available in a PDF on the AEP Web site (www.aep-arts.org). To order printed copies, contact CCSSO Publications at (202) 336-7016.
How the Arts Can Enhance After-School Programs
Published by the Arts Endowment in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, 2002. Focuses on the role of the arts in after-school activities in neighborhood schools. Summaries of recent research, key elements of successful programs, and highlights of effective partnerships between schools and community-based organizations are also provided. 24 pp.
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Learning Through the Arts: A Guide to the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Education
Published by the National Endowment for the Arts, 2002. A guide to the NEA's Arts Learning initiatives includes brief descriptions of our arts learning grants, partnerships, and programs; a thumbnail history of the Endowment's involvement in arts education research; a section on successful projects and programs that the NEA has supported; and a list of arts learning partners and organizations. Altogether, the publication demonstrates the Endowment's continued commitment to arts learning for children and youth. 44 pp.
Schools for Cities: Urban Strategies
Sharon Haar, editor
In March of 2000, the Mayors Institute convened a special session at the University of Illinois to investigate how schools can operate as catalysts for community redevelopment. This book, an outgrowth of that session and the public forum that followed it, contains essays and design projects that demonstrate the value of school-building to neighborhoods and the value of design to school-building. 103 pp.
Sprawl and Public Spaces: Redressing the Mall
David Smiley, editor
In acknowledgement of the rapidly growing number of dying and abandoned shopping centers and malls across the U.S., the NEA and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars jointly sponsored this conference in February, 2000. The resulting book contains essays by Robert Fishman, Margaret Crawford, and other leading thinkers on urban and suburban culture, as well as new shopping designs by Michael Rotondi, SHoP, and Hargreaves Associates. 105 pp.
Mayor's Institute: Excellence in City Design
James S. Russell, editor
Founded in 1986, the Mayors' Institute is a program that turns mayors into design advocates by bringing them together with top designers in intensive three-day sessions. The history of this program is best described in another NEA document, "The Mayors' Institute on City Design." In contrast, this booklet was created as a resource for mayors, but is of equal interest to anyone concerned with the creation of more livable cities. It offers guidance on using architecture, landscape architecture, art, urban design, and planning to improve the public realm. 124 pp.
University/Community Design Partnerships
Jason Pearson, author
A significant number of NEA design grants are awarded to programs in which universities engage in community outreach and designing buildings and landscapes for and with the neighborhoods that surround them. The often compelling work of these partnerships inspired this collection of essays and projects that includes work from Design Corps, the Yale Urban Design Workshop, and Sam Mockbee's Rural Studio. 121 pp.
Your Town: Mississippi Delta
Shelley Mastran, editor
In addition to the Mayors' Institute, the NEA is the principle funder of Your Town: The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design. This popular program has convened four workshops annually since 1991 to help smaller communities preserve their character in the face of economic and social change. One such workshop took place in November, 2000 in Cleveland, Mississippi, and focused on the traditionally African-American communities of Mound Bayou, Jonestown, and Clarksdale. This booklet contains an overview of the event, relevant essays, and design case studies from two of the communities visited. 54 pp.
A Legacy of Leadership: Investing in America's Living Cultural Heritage Since 1965
Celebrating the NEA's 35th anniversary, this publication highlights more than 50 important NEA-funded projects that made a lasting difference to communities, individuals, and organizations. NEA 2000. 80pp.
National Endowment for the Arts, 1965-2000: A Brief Chronology of Federal Support for the Arts
A thumbnail history of the first 35 years of the federal government's support for the arts and the achievements of the NEA since its inception. NEA 2000. 96pp.
An Arts Legacy for Our Communities
An in-depth analysis and examination of the current state of the nonprofit arts in America. Written by Gary O. Larson. NEA 1997.194pp.
American Masterpieces: Choral Music
This publication by the NEA and Chorus America presents brief biographies, selected works, and selected recordings for 29 of America's greatest choral composers. Includes an overview of the initiative and a brief narrative on choral music in America. September 2006. 40 pp.
The Changing Faces of Tradition: A Report on the Folk and Traditional Arts in the United States
This report describes the breadth and depth of folk and traditional arts activity in the U.S. and how it is increasing in both the variety of cultural worlds involved and the level of activity. NEA 1996. 96 pp.
The Mayors' Institute on City Design
The Mayors' Institute on City Design is one of the Endowment's most-heralded yet little-known programs. This 24-page brochure provides a thorough overview of the Institute, including an overview by founder Joe Riley, an urban case study, testimonials from program alumni, and a listing of all Institute participants over its eighteen-year history. 24 pp.
is the bimonthly newsletter of the National Endowment for the Arts. Each issue includes recent information on the NEA’s national initiatives, sponsored programs, awards, grants, and a calendar of upcoming events.
Operation Homecoming Booklet
The Operation Homecoming booklet will be distributed free to the troops participating in the writing workshops. It includes biographies of the writers visiting bases and those reading on the audio CD. The booklet also includes the Operation Homecoming anthology submission guidelines. NEA 2004. 28 pp.
A literary anthology of 50 poets and writers who have received NEA Creative Writing Fellowships providing a glimpse of the tremendous vitality and diversity of contemporary American literature. NEA 1997, revised 1999. 112pp.