Designed to accompany the document Why Should Government Support the Arts? this compendium of research provides links to numerous studies revealing the value of the arts and the many benefits that they provide to communities across America. It also serves as a useful primer on key research about the cultural sector.
For additional information about the arts or state arts agencies, visit the Research and Advocacy Tools sections of the NASAA website.
State Arts Agency Funding NASAA surveys state arts agencies twice annually to maintain high-quality data on SAA revenues. Reports and data tables shown here provide detailed information on the latest SAA revenue trends. A press release summarizes the findings.
National Governors Association Reports This series of research reports, compiled in collaboration with NASAA and the National Endowment for the Arts, summarizes how the arts and creative industries contribute to state economic competitiveness.
Preparing Students for the Next America The Arts Education Partnership prepared this synthesis of how arts education boosts academic achievement, supports life skills and promotes work-force readiness.
Arts Ed Search This continually expanding database, maintained by the Arts Education Partnership, summarizes the findings of more than 400 credible studies documenting the effects of arts learning on students and teachers in K-12 and after-school settings. Each study includes a user-friendly summary of findings and policy implications.
Ready to Innovate Conducted by The Conference Board and Americans for the Arts, this survey of top business executives highlights the need for creative thinking and innovation skills in the modern marketplace.
The Arts and Civic Engagement The relationships between arts participation and other forms of civic engagement are documented in this monograph by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Animating Democracy This Americans for the Arts initiative has produced research and case studies documenting how the arts enhance public dialogue, civic engagement and participation in democracy.
Community Revitalization and Place Making
Urban Institute Research The Urban Institute has conducted several initiatives documenting the role of the arts in community and neighborhood vitality.
Social Impact of the Arts Project This University of Pennsylvania School of Policy & Practice initiative conducts empirical research on the role of arts and culture in American cities and on the links between cultural engagement and community well-being.
Soul of the Community The latest report from the Knight Foundation's project to understand what strengthens residents' attachment to their community shows that accessible arts opportunities create desirable places.
Community Arts Network Although the Community Arts Network project ended in 2010, its on-line library is still available and includes documentation, research and educational information about the role of the arts in community development.
Arts Participation Research Numerous state and national studies document a broad public interest in the arts and a variety of ways that arts organizations can meaningfully engage citizens.
Arts in Health: A Review of the Medical Literature This review from Arts Council England shows how the arts support wellness, lead to positive patient outcomes in clinical settings, and strengthen the services of medical providers and health care facilities.
The Arts and Aging: Building the Science This National Endowment for the Arts paper summarizes a National Academy of Sciences workshop on arts and aging, reviews related research, and identifies opportunities for further study.
Creativity Matters: The Arts and Aging Toolkit This compendium of resources related to program design, implementation and evaluation is a joint effort of the National Center for Creative Aging, the National Guild for Community Arts Education and the New Jersey Creative Aging Network.
Arts & Aging The benefits of involvement in the arts for older Americans are documented in this compilation of resources.