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Report Paints Grim Picture of Arts, Culture Economy

Production of cultural goods and services took a huge hit with the recession, and has been slow to rebound.

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What’s the Economic Value of an Arts Education?

While it’s not perfectly tangible, the financial value of a degree in the humanities certainly exists.

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The Practical Effect of Making Arts Education a National Priority

New research finds 1994 legislation that included the arts as a core subject in American schools made a difference in many places.

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Do the Arts Open Hearts?

New NEA-funded research finds a link between altruistic behavior and attending cultural events.

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Arts-Heavy Preschool Helps Children Grow Emotionally

New research finds low-income kids in an arts-enhanced preschool program have a more positive attitude than their peers, and are better able to manage negative emotions.

State Arts Agencies Refuse to Die

One state arts agency barely escapes extinction, while another returns to life.

Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap

A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.

Are the Arts Irrelevant to the Next Generation?

New research from Norway finds a steep drop in interest in art, literature and classical music among college students between 1998 and 2008.

Far West, Northeast Lead in Jobs for Artists

A new National Endowment for the Arts report finds jobs for artists are concentrated in specific states, including New York, California, Oregon, and Vermont.

Cultural Divide Persists as Musical Tastes Shift

New research from Britain finds music lovers are increasingly crossing genres, but they remain divided in their tastes.

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