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January 13, 2015 / Ciara Myers, Editor

Three major new reports on arts participation and impact in America

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has released three new reports (and some fun infographics) on the impact of arts and cultural industries on U.S. GDP, as well as how and why Americans participate (or don’t participate) in certain arts activities. (NEA, 1/12)

The new information will help arts providers and others more effectively understand and develop strategies to engage individuals and communities in the arts.

“The implications from this research are significant,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The findings show that there is great diversity in how people engage in the arts, and this gives us a framework to use our creativity to innovate new ways to reach these audiences.”

Related: Next month, arts funders are invited to the next meeting of the Arts & Humanities Working Group for a discussion with Americans for the Arts about advancing diversity and equity in the Greater Washington region’s cultural sector. More information is available here.

Proposal would bring museum, performing arts center and condos to U street area (WaPo, 1/13)

PHILANTHROPY | WRAG president, Tamara Copeland, speaks out to executives and trustees who may be considering closing a foundation. In her open letter, she highlights two examples of how it’s been done right. (Daily, 1/13)

POVERTY | Reforms that Will Make it Easier to Apply for Public Benefits (DCFPI, 1/13)

EQUALITY | Even the most unprejudiced minds among us can give way to biased thoughts – particularly when it comes to matters of race. Read what a team of Stanford psychologists learned about the social stereotypes many Americans grow up with, without even realizing it. (NPR, 1/9)

VETERANS | VA Data Show Disparities in Veteran Benefits Spending (WAMU,1/12)

– 3-D printed cars aren’t just something imagined for the future. A car maker that produces the unique vehicle designs is headed for National Harbor and is bringing around 100 jobs with them. (WBJ, 1/12)

– Using factors like affordability, job availability, and workforce growth, financial website NerdWallet ranked D.C. as number 17 on a list of Best Cities for Job Seekers.(DCist, 1/12)

What do the economy and the facial features of America’s favorite celebrities of the moment have to do with each other? More than we probably thought!


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