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“Study” by Flickr user Moyan Brenn

Cultural Equity Primer
As reported in our last update, our history project on the expansion of the definition of art to include non-western art forms has evolved into an article making sense of divergent visions of success within the sector related to cultural equity. Through our review of the literature (and some conversations with researchers and advocates) we have developed a list of four major visions of success put forward historically and today. This month we have spent some time internally thinking about the arguments and assumptions behind each vision and how they align with our individual understandings of the sector and our definition of a healthy arts ecosystem. All this will be shared in the upcoming article, which is in the draft phase. We’re really excited about this project!

Wellbeing Part 2
As our two spring research tracks wrap up, we are beginning initial work on our next topic for the summer, a second look at wellbeing and the arts. This research will build on our previous investigation of wellbeing and its implications for the arts sector by digging deeper into the existing literature on how various kinds of arts participation affects wellbeing in various ways. If you have any literature to recommend on this topic, please comment or email us at info@createquity.com.

Research Methods and Process Documentation
Over the past several months, we’ve had the privilege of getting to know Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University who has written several books on the topic of research synthesis methodology. With the benefit of study of Dr. Cooper’s work and conversations with him and other advisors, we’ve begun to formalize and further document our own research process. We expect to post an update to the Research Process page on the website this summer, and may write more about this on the main feed once our materials are further along in their development.