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NEA and HHS Look at Connections Between Arts and Well-Being, Create Inter-agency Task Force

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. A white paper, The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning, and Individual Well-Being 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.

In response to the recommendations, the NEA Office of Research & Analysis announced creation of a U.S. government inter-agency task force to catalyze research about the arts and human development. Its stated purpose is this:

  • host a series of quarterly webinars on compelling research and practices;
  • coordinate the distribution of information about funding opportunities for researchers and providers of the arts, health, and education across the lifespan;
  • conduct or commission a gap-analysis and literature review of federally sponsored research on the arts and human development;
  • identify and leverage joint research funding opportunities across agencies;
  • host a convening with researchers and practitioners for professional development and capacity-building in the field of arts and human development

An introductory webinare has been conducted and is available for review here.

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