For this entry, I'm sharing the latest episode of Quick Study, the NEA's research podcast. This month, we discuss Emerging from the Cave, a study commissioned by the Sundance Institute and authored by Jesse Cameron Alick. The report captures the most pressing challenges and opportunities for today’s theater artists—in their own words. A transcript of this podcast is available … [Read more...] about Quick Study: Rethinking Theater Arts
An occupational hazard of the social sciences is that we tend to generalize. Even when writing about the dynamic and complex system of arts and culture, it becomes tempting to treat the component parts as monoliths. Thus, when attempting to quantify the arts’ benefits to individuals and society, we often overlook the roles and relationships of different units that work in … [Read more...] about But What About the Artists?
For this entry, I'm sharing the latest episode of the NEA's research podcast, Quick Study. This month, we discuss brain functional changes that Auburn University researchers detected in students enrolled in a 16-week observational drawing course. The NEA-funded study results were published recently in the journal Neuropsychologia. A transcript of this podcast is at the NEA … [Read more...] about Quick Study: Drawing and Brain Plasticity
In the early 1990s, as a moon-eyed undergraduate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, I often killed time between classes by straying into the Hopwood Room in Angell Hall. Named for Avery Hopwood (1882-1928), an alum and playwright whose Broadway credits include Getting Gertie’s Garter, the carpeted oasis lured few visitors—beyond faculty and students from the MFA … [Read more...] about Far from Frill—Large Investments in Campus Arts Facilities May Attract Higher-Tuition Students
For this episode of the NEA podcast Quick Study, I discuss UNESCO's report, Cultural and Creative Industries in the Face of COVID-19: An Economic Impact Outlook. The full report is available here. A transcript of the podcast is at the NEA's website. … [Read more...] about Quick Study: An International Reckoning of Economic Losses from COVID-19 to the Arts