The Participatory Museum: the abridged version

(This is an abridged version of the full Arts Policy Library writeup.) Summary Published in 2011, The Participatory Museum presents Nina Simon’s social web-inspired approach to museum exhibits and partnerships and serves as a handbook for museum professionals for engaging in participatory projects. The Participatory Museum looks at how audiences participate in online platforms suchRead More

Arts Policy Library: The Participatory Museum

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  (For a briefer edition of this analysis, check out the abridged version.) “This may sound messy,” Nina Simon, engineer turned experience designer, writes of participatory projects. “It may [also] sound tremendously exciting.” Summary Written in 2010 as a handbook for museum professionals who want to engage audiences in deeper forms of participation, The Participatory MuseumRead More

Join us for a special event featuring the Createquity Arts Policy Library

Next Thursday, the Cultural Research Network will host a Virtual Study Group featuring Createquity’s Arts Policy Library. Part book club, part shop talk, these virtual study group sessions offer cultural researchers and the people who love them an opportunity to engage in discussion with fellow practitioners. Each session is devoted to a specific study, report,Read More

Studio Thinking: the condensed version

This is an abridged edition of the full analysis of Studio Thinking for the Createquity Arts Policy Library. First published in 2007, Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education by Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Veenema, and Kimberly M. Sheridan offers a new approach and perspective on the “real benefits” of visual artsRead More

Arts Policy Library: Studio Thinking

The eight Studio Habits of the Mind as implemented by Alameda County "Art is Education" program. Note: Understand Art Worlds has been altered to Understand Communities.

For a 75% shorter read than what you’re about to experience below, try Studio Thinking: the condensed version. At the turn of the millennium, arts education found itself increasingly under the axe in a school system beleaguered by budget cuts, low grades and poor test scores. Arts advocates and educators were scrambling to prove theRead More

How Art Works: the I’m-late-for-work version

This is a short version of my full addition to the Arts Policy Library. With “How Art Works: The National Endowment for the Arts’ Five-Year Research Agenda,” the National Endowment for the Arts is getting proactive. Acknowledging that the NEA’s research efforts have been mostly descriptive in the past, “How Art Works” is intended toRead More

Arts Policy Library: How Art Works

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(For a brief summary of this article, check out “How Art Works: the I’m-late-for-work version.”) With “How Art Works: The National Endowment for the Arts’ Five-Year Research Agenda,” the National Endowment for the Arts is getting proactive. Acknowledging that the NEA’s research efforts have been mostly descriptive in the past, “How Art Works” is intendedRead More

Culture and Community Revitalization: the Executive Summary

(This is a bite-sized version of the much longer piece Arts Policy Library: Culture and Community Revitalization.) The Social Impact of the Arts Project, based at the University of Pennsylvania, was founded in 1994 with the intent of studying the connection between the arts and community life. Over time, SIAP has established mechanisms to helpRead More

Arts Policy Library: Culture and Community Revitalization

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(For a much briefer version of this analysis, please see the Executive Summary.) SUMMARY The Social Impact of the Arts Project, based at the University of Pennsylvania, was founded in 1994 with the intent of studying the connection between the arts and community life. After all, “if the arts and culture do, in fact, haveRead More

Arts Policy Library: Good & Plenty

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Tyler Cowen presents a powerful idea in his 2006 book (reprised in 2010) Good & Plenty: The Creative Successes of American Arts Funding: arts policy is a battle between aesthetic and economic reasoning that can be settled by keeping the American system basically as it is. His sweeping argument draws on a deeply-researched history ofRead More