The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health

The National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health

Arts programs often are well-suited for community-engaged research because many are offered as part of a larger community-based solution — for example, arts programs in correctional facilities, afterschool programs for youth at risk, community venues for older adults and military veterans, creative placemaking projects, and preschool arts education, a report from the National Endowments for the Arts, in partnership with the Federal Interagency Task Force on the Arts & Human Development, argues. The report, National Endowment for the Arts Guide to Community-Engaged Research in the Arts and Health (41 pages, PDF), outlines ways to reconcile the field-specific vocabularies used in the arts and health research; identifies study goals and methods for engaging community members as equal partners in a research project; and highlights the benefits of partnering for arts professionals and researchers. The report also suggests that arts professionals can help researchers identify questions and issues of importance and assist study participants in recognizing the social and emotional factors that affect their health, while researchers can help arts professionals assess the effectiveness of their programs and secure funding for successful programs.