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The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning and Individual Well-Being

Hanna, Gay, Michael Patterson, Judy Rollins and Andrea Sherman | 2019

Hanna, Gay, Michael Patterson, Judy Rollins and Andrea Sherman. 2011. “The Arts and Human Development: Framing a National Research Agenda for the Arts, Lifelong Learning and Individual Well-Being.” National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, November. https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/TheArtsAndHumanDev.pdf. Abstract: This paper is the result of a convening hosted by […]


Learning about leadership from a visit to the art museum

Kaimal, G., Drescher, J., Fairbank, H., Gonzaga, A., Junkin, J., & White, G.P. | 2016

This qualitative study presents an analysis of how guided visits to an art museum can provide leadership lessons for developing urban school leaders.


Community-engaged arts for older people: Fostering social inclusion

Moody, E. & Phinney, A. | 2012

This ethnographic study explores how communities can be more inclusive and supportive of seniors, specifically through the role of a community-engaged arts program, Arts, Health and Seniors (AHS), developed in Vancouver, Canada.


Ecological mural as community reconnection

Kang Song, Y. I. & Gammel, J. A. | 2011

This phenomenological case study documents the Mystic River mural project in the Boston suburb community of Somerville.


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

Rabkin, N. and Hedberg, E. | 2011

This report examines the association between arts education and art participation for adults found in the 1992 administration of the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA).


Sending forth the tiniest ripples of hope that build the mightiest currents: Understanding how to prepare school leaders to interrupt oppressive school practices

Boske, C. | 2012

This case study documents a class in “leadership for social justice,” aimed at preparing educators to initiate change within schools.


Purls of wisdom: A collectivist study of human information behavior in a public library knitting group

Prigoda, E. & McKenzie, P. | 2007

The researchers applied a collectivist theoretical framework to analyze human information behavior (HIB)* and the nontraditional role public libraries play in HIB through a knitting group held in an Ontario Public Library.


Arts education, the brain, and language (2)

Petitto, L. | 2008

This study examines the impact of intensive arts education on the human brain.


Extra-curricular music in UK schools: Investigating the aims,experiences, and impact of adolescent musical participation.

Pitts, S. | 2008

This study examines the effects of extracurricular music programming on the likelihood of students continuing with music-based activity later in life, as well as why and in what capacity.


The impact of art-making in the university workplace

Upitis, R., Smithrim, K., Garbati, J., & Ogden, H. | 2008

This ethnographic case study documents the experience of social research professionals participating in weekly art-making sessions at Queen’s University.


Using Freirean pedagogy of just IRE to inform critical social learning in arts-informed community education for sexual minorities.

Andre P. Grace and Kristopher Wells | 2007

This study investigates the development and implementation of two arts-based community programs for sexual minority young adults.


Artist-Teacher Partnerships in Learning: The in/between Spaces of Artist-Teacher Professional Development.

Kind, A., Irwin, R., & Grauer, K. | 2007

In this article, the researchers discuss findings of their study of Learning Through The ArtsTM(LTTA), a cross?Canada initiative that brings artists such as musicians, dancers, storytellers, actors, and visual artists into schools to work with teachers and students.


Storytellers: Women crafting new knowing and better worlds

Wiessner, C.A. | 2005

This narrative study documents the benefits of using creative arts-based storytelling methods to engage adult learners who face histories of stalled educational achievement.


Culture and antiracism in adult education: An exploration of the contributions of arts-based learning

Clover, D. E. | 2006

This qualitative comparative case study investigates the value of arts-based programs in facilitating cooperative learning with the aim of addressing pertinent issues within communities.


Evaluation of “FAIR”

Goddard, G. | 2006

This study evaluates a music theatre project in a United Kingdom prison.


What studies of actors and acting can tell us about memory and cognitive functioning.

Noice, H. & Noice T. | 2006

The researchers reviewed 100 protocols of actors’ descriptions of their processes for performing a task and analyzed relevant studies to learn about actors’ script-acquisition strategies.


Does arts-based learning enhance leadership? Case studies of creativity-oriented executive institutes

Katz-Buinincontro, J. | 2005

This qualitative case study examines how arts-based executive leadership training institutes foster creative thinking and leadership capacities.


The art of community transformation.

Lowe, S. S. | 2001

This study describes how community arts programs support the development of a sense of community.


Listening to music enhances spatial-temporal reasoning: Evidence for the “Mozart-Effect.”

Hetland, L. | 2000

This study examines whether listening to music temporarily enhances performance on spatial tasks—a phenomenon known as the “Mozart effect.


Teaching cognitive skill through dance: Evidence for near but not far transfer

Keinanen, M., Hetland, L., & Winner, E. | 2000

Two very small meta-analyses were conducted to test the assertion that dance instruction leads to improvements in reading and nonverbal reasoning.


A meta-analysis on the effects of music as reinforcement for education/therapy objectives

Standley, J.M. | 1996

The purpose of the study meta-analysis was to examine the effectiveness of music as a reward (or removal of music as a punishment) in education and therapy settings.