Research & Publications

Rigorous research is at the core of any successful arts program and is key to successful advocacy work.  Good data and examination, coupled with clear intent and well-designed studies lend more than all the impassioned speech we can give to the cause for arts in our schools and our communities.

The arts make a difference.  They are integral to good functioning communities and good functioning education programs.

Here, REP collects the work of researchers in a variety of fields whose work all contribute to the mission of integrating arts into the community and whose work helps make the case for stronger programs in our schools.

Arts and Communities:

Joshua Guetzkow: How the Arts Impact Communities: An Introduction to the Literature on Arts Impact Studies

Tabitha Ramsey-White:  Toward a New Understanding of the Social Impact of the Arts

Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals, part 1: Summary Report

Live from Your Neighborhood:  A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals, part 2:  Seven Case Studies

Learning and the Arts:

Edward Fiske- Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning

James Catterall- The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies

Arts Participation and Attendance:

Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard and Alan S. Brown: Beyond attendance: A multi-modal understanding of arts participation

Mark Stern: Age and arts participation: A case against demographic destiny

Nick Rabkin and E. C. Hedberg:  Arts education in America: What the declines mean for arts participation

NEA:  Audience 2.0:  How Technology Influences Arts Participation

NEA:  2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

Arts in the Schools:

Richard Deasy: Critical Links:  Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development.


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