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Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium

June 29, 2021

This report, Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium, presents findings from a field scan commissioned in 2019 by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Knight Foundation. The purpose of the scan was to more fully understand how artists are incorporating digital technologies in their creative work and to learn more about the current and prospective sources of support for these artistic practices. Funders reading the report then can make smarter decisions on how to enhance support for this field. The research is grounded in literature reviews, interviews, and group discussions with artists and practitioners across the United States.The report shares detailed findings; identifies challenges; and ends with recommendations for different stakeholder groups, including funders, arts practitioners, policymakers, and educators. 

State of the Field: A Report From the Documentary Sustainability Summit

August 18, 2017

On February 10, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts and the International Documentary Association hosted a one-day Documentary Sustainability Summit featuring 80 filmmakers, producers, distributors, film festival representatives, funders, and other stakeholders in the documentary community, as well as leaders from the federal, state, and local governments (including representatives from nine federal agencies). Through panel presentations and small group activities, conference participants shared their perspectives on the issues facing the community with a goal of articulating tangible, actionable strategies and initiatives to positively impact the field.The purpose of this report is to reflect current conversations in the field and provide an overview of key findings and actions that will strengthen the documentary ecosystem. Case studies are featured throughout this report to serve as examples that contribute to building sustainable infrastructure for the documentary community. Additional details regarding the Documentary Sustainability Summit, such as the summit agenda and detailed reflections that emerged from group work, are located in this report as Appendices.

Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists

September 1, 2016

As the demographics of our country shift, the population of artists is growing and diversifying, as are norms about who is considered an artist by the arts sector and the general public. Artists are working in different ways—in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary contexts, as artists in non-arts settings, and as entrepreneurs in business and society. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census national data sets on artists have become more refined in the past decade, but arguably do not capture information on the full range of artists working today. Artists that may be omitted from these data sets include those who may not seek income from their work and those who use their artistry as part of another occupation. As the nature of artistic practice evolves, many of the existing systems that train and support artists are not keeping pace. Artists are always influenced by larger socio-economic trends and respond to them in how they make their work and construct their lives. This research found four main trends influencing artists today:Technology is profoundly altering the context and economics of artists' work. New technological tools and social media have influenced the landscape for creation, distribution, and financing of creative work. There are benefits for many artists, including lowered costs of creating and the ability to find collaborators and new markets. There are also significant new challenges, such as an increasingly crowded marketplace, copyright issues, and disruptions to traditional revenue models.Artists share challenging economic conditions with other segments of the workforce. Making a living as an artist has never been easy, but broader economic trends such as rising costs of living, greater income inequality, high levels of debt, and insufficient protections for "gig economy" workers are putting increasing pressure on artists' livelihoods. Artists also face unique challenges in accessing and aggregating capital to propel their businesses and build sustainable lives.Structural inequities in the artists' ecosystem mirror those in society more broadly. Race-, gender- and ability-based disparities that are pervasive in our society are equally prevalent in both the nonprofit and commercial arts sectors. Despite the increasing cultural and ethnic diversity of the country and the broadening array of cultural traditions being practiced at expert levels, the arts ecosystem continues to privilege a relatively narrow band of aesthetic approaches.Training and funding systems are not keeping pace with artists' evolving needs and opportunities. Artist training and funding systems have not caught up to the hybrid and varied ways that artists are working today. Artist-training programs are not adequately teaching artists the non-arts skills they need to support their work (business practices, entrepreneurship, and marketing) nor how to effectively apply their creative skills in a range of contexts. Funding systems also lag in responding to the changing ways that artists are working today.

The Summit on Creativity and Aging in America

February 1, 2016

This report looks at how the federal government can leverage the arts to foster healthy aging and inclusive design for this growing population. This white paper features recommendations from the May 2015 Summit on Creativity and Aging in America, a convening of more than 70 experts hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging. The paper highlights recommendations on healthy aging, lifelong learning in the arts, and age-friendly community design. The summit was a precursor to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, which addressed four major issues: retirement security, long-term services and supports, healthy aging, and elder abuse.

Design and Social Impact: A Cross-sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research and Practice

January 1, 2013

Social impact design -- one term that refers to the practice of design for the public good, especially in disadvantaged communities -- has attracted powerful interest in recent years. Increasingly, both practicing designers and students are seeking opportunities in this burgeoning discipline. But are the professional and academic structures in place to support them? And how might such structures be improved? On February 27, 2012, the "Social Impact Design Summit" was convened at The Rockefeller Foundation headquarters in New York to address the challenges and opportunities within the field today. Organized by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Lemelson Foundation, the one-day event brought together 34 leaders of social impact design and a dozen representatives of foundations that support social programs. The summit participants -- who represented both nonprofit and for-profit organizations, as well as academic programs, government agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) -- drew a picture of a professional area that has demonstrated many achievements and much promise. Stretching across several design disciplines -- including product design, graphic design, urban design, and architecture -- and far from formalized in many aspects of its practice, social impact design also possesses a number of gaps and faces a variety of challenges. Among the forces inhibiting social impact design today, summit participants singled out the lack of a clear understanding of what the term means. Greater clarity, they proposed, would lead to better-defined goals and would boost appreciation of the value of the field. Participants also pointed to a dearth of accepted standards and ethical guidelines that would help normalize the practice, as well as a lack of knowledge-sharing structures among social impact designers, especially those who work across design disciplines.

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

February 28, 2012

This report examines the academic and civic behavior outcomes of teenagers and young adults who have engaged deeply with the arts in or out of school. In several small-group studies, children and teenagers who participated in arts education programs have shown more positive academic and social outcomes in comparison to students who did not participate in those programs. Such studies have proved essential to the current research literature on the types of instrumental benefits associated with an arts education.A standard weakness of the literature, however, has been a dearth of large-scale, longitudinal studies following the same populations over time, tracking the outcomes of students who received intensive arts exposure or arts learning compared with students who did not. This report is a partial attempt to fill this knowledge gap. The report's authors, James Catterall et al., use four large national databases to analyze the relationship between arts involvement and academic and social achievements.

Arts Education in America: What the Declines Mean for Arts Participation

February 1, 2011

This report, commissioned from the NORC at the University of Chicago, investigates the relationship between arts education and arts participation, based on data from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for 1982, 1992, 2002, and 2008. The report also examines long-term declines in Americans' reported rates of arts learning -- in creative writing, music, and the visual arts, among other disciplines. Authors Nick Rabkin and E.C. Hedberg find that the declines are not distributed evenly across all racial and ethnic groups.

Creative Placemaking

November 10, 2010

Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa: A white paper for The Mayors' Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the NEA in partnership with the US Conference of Mayors and American Architectural Foundation.

Race/Ethnicity and Arts Participation: Findings from the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

June 13, 2010

This report analyzes data from the 1982, 1985, 1992, 2002, and 2008 Surveys of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA). Analyses focus on differential arts participation by race/ethnicity and the effect of race/ethnicity on arts participation. Descriptive and inferential analyses explore trends in arts participation by race/ethnicity across the five rounds of SPPA data. The authors find that, generally, the numbers and proportions of all race/ethnic groups that participate in the arts through attendance at arts events and arts creation are declining over time. The proportion of arts audiences that is white is not declining, despite the fact that the proportion of the national population that is white is declining. Race/ethnic group, per se, is not a strong predictor of attendance at arts events, but it is a good predictor of arts creation activities. Whites and Asians have had arts learning experiences at a greater rate than have blacks and Hispanics. Appendices include: (1) Descriptive statistics, 1982-2008; (2) Participation rate in core arts domains, by race/ethnicity, 1992-2008; (3) Participation rate in core arts creation domain, by race/ethnicity, 1992-2008; (4) Race/ethnic composition of arts creators, by arts creation domain, 1992-2008; (5) Effects of race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and their interactions on specific arts participation (full results); (6) Effects of race/ethnicity, household income, and their interactions on specific arts participation (full results); (7) Effects of race/ethnicity on specific arts creation (full results); and (8) Analysis of logistic regression assumptions. (Contains 36 figures, 40 tables and 7 footnotes.)

Arts Participation 2008: Highlights From a National Survey

June 1, 2009

Arts Participation 2008: Highlights from a National Survey features top findings from the 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, the nation's largest and most representative periodic study of adult participation in arts events and activities, conducted by the NEA in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.

Changing the Beat: A Study of the Worklife of Jazz Musicians, Volume III: Respondent-Driven Sampling

January 1, 2003

Examines the worklife of jazz musicians in New York, Detroit, San Francisco and New Orleans. Prepared by the Research Center for Arts and Culture, under a cooperative agreement with the NEA and the San Francisco Study Center.

Design for Accessibility: A Cultural Administrator's Handbook

January 1, 2003

Contains a guide for integrating older adults and people with disabilities into all aspects of an arts organization -- from planning and design to marketing and technical assistance.