Humanities and the Arts

The arts—from visual arts and literature to performing arts such as music, drama, and dance—provide benefits that extend beyond individual enjoyment and personal enrichment, to include exposure to new perspectives, sharpened learning skills among young people, expanded capacity for empathy, and stronger social bonds in communities. RAND studies have shown that the many benefits of arts education and involvement can be sustained and enhanced by strengthening public appreciation of humanities and the arts.

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    U.S.-Russia Diplomacy, Citizen Science, America's Blood Supply: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on U.S.-Russia diplomacy in the context of the Ukraine crisis, the value of citizen science, strengthening the America's blood supply, and more.

    Jan 21, 2022

  • Gabrielle Mérite's visual essay features words and phrases used in RAND's report, Violent Extremism in America, to describe radicalization and deradicalization.

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    Describing (De)Radicalization

    RAND artist-in-residence Gabrielle Mérite has created visual essays that show the personal experiences of individuals involved with violent extremism. These essays are based on interviews that RAND researchers conducted to learn more about what leads people to join—and later leave—extremist groups.

    Jan 18, 2022

  • A sound sculpture called Click::RAND by Paul Dunham on a background of RAND's report, A Million Random Digits, photo courtesy of Paul Dunham

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    What Sounds Do a Million Random Digits Make?

    The title of RAND's 1955 classic, A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, doesn't exactly dance off the page. But Paul Dunham, a sound artist in New Zealand, thought the work could make its own kind of music.

    Jan 5, 2022

  • Photographic data visualization by Gabrielle Mérite representing the prices of brand-name drugs with real money on a blue background. For the same pill, the U.S cost is $10 while Germany and Canada’s cost would be $3.50, Japan's $3.25, the UK's $3.00 and Mexico's $2.75.

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    Comparing International Prescription Drug Prices

    Prescription drug prices in the United States average 2.56 times those in 32 other nations. In a new animation, information designer Gabrielle Mérite illustrates this subject that may seem distant from American consumers but has a concrete impact on their health and finances.

    Dec 14, 2021

  • Portrait of Information Designer Gabrielle Mérite

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    Gabrielle Mérite: RAND Artist in Residence

    Gabrielle Mérite is an information designer specializing in empathetic data visualizations for truth-seeking, ethically driven organizations. As a RAND artist-in-residence, she hopes to push creative boundaries and shape new perspectives for those working towards the greater good.

    Dec 14, 2021

  • A collage depicting the different voices, people, and generations that shape a community, illustration by Jonathan Key/Morcos Key

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    What Does a Portrait of Community Stress Look Like?

    Just as it does in the human body, stress can build in a community over time, making it harder to respond to future traumas and crises. Design studio Morcos Key created a powerful animation that depicts community stress—and what can be done to overcome it.

    Nov 22, 2021

  • Two people embrace while sitting on a rocky shoreline and looking across the horizon, Antelias, Lebanon, May 2009, photo by Wael Morcos

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    Crossing the Digital Divide: How Refugees Use Mobile Technology

    Morcos Key's second visualization for RAND Art + Data explores how millions of refugees around the world rely on technology—particularly mobile phones—for survival, to connect to the past, and for a chance at a better future.

    Oct 13, 2021

  • An illustration visualizing a new 21st century workforce development system, artwork by Morcos Key

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    A 21st-Century Workforce Development System

    Design studio Morcos Key created an animated illustration that envisions how America's workforce development system could be transformed to better support 21st-century workers, employers, and educators.

    Sep 22, 2021

  • Portrait of Morcos Key

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    Morcos Key: RAND Artists in Residence

    Morcos Key is the Brooklyn-based design studio of Jon(athan) Key and Wael Morcos. Their mission is to tell stories by creating visual systems that demonstrate how thoughtful conversation and formal expression make for impactful design.

    Sep 22, 2021

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    RAND Review: September-October 2021

    The cover story highlights strategies to mitigate homegrown terrorism and ideologically inspired violence in the U.S. A second feature describes Costa Rica's ambitious decarbonization plan and its implications for nations around the world.

    Sep 7, 2021

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    U.S. Failure in Afghanistan, Critical Race Theory Bans, Income Inequality: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on how early mistakes led to America's failure in Afghanistan, the potential effects of critical race theory bans, an art installation that breaks down RAND data on income inequality, and more.

    Sep 3, 2021

  • An art installation showing income inequality in the United States from 1975 to 2018, artwork by Giorgia Lupi

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    Connecting the Dots on Income Inequality

    Based on RAND data, a physical installation created by information designer Giorgia Lupi shows income inequality in the United States over the last four decades. The sculpture also evokes the deeper societal ideas and meanings behind these numbers.

    Aug 31, 2021

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    News Release

    RAND Artist in Residence Giorgia Lupi Portrays Opportunities, Risks from 'Internet Of Bodies'

    The latest visualization from the RAND Art + Data artist residency focuses on the Internet of Bodies. The artwork is inspired by RAND research and explores the benefits and risks of human body-centric and internet-connected technologies.

    Jul 29, 2021

  • Kenneth Wells at an Ideas Generation event for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program on October 2, 2014, with an overlay of music notes, photo by Diane Baldwin/RAND Corporation

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    Veteran Journeys: Where Mental Health Research Meets Opera

    Kenneth Wells, a psychiatrist, librettist, and composer, has written a documentary disguised as an opera. He drew on Partners in Care, a 10-year RAND-UCLA study that was one of the first to use a multisite collaborative primary care approach to treat veterans and others experiencing depression.

    Jul 6, 2021

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    RAND Review: July-August 2021

    One feature highlights how researchers apply an equity lens to projects on environmental racism, incarcerated parents, and the lives of Black service members; a second describes interventions to address disparities in infant mortality rates.

    Jul 1, 2021

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    RAND Art + Data, 'Gray Market Care,' Supply Chains and Cyberattacks: RAND Weekly Recap

    This weekly recap focuses on RAND's new artist residency program, Art + Data; the prevalence of “gray market care” in the United States; supply chains' cyber problem; and more.

    Jun 25, 2021

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    News Release

    RAND Launches Art + Data Residency Program with Guest Curator Debbie Millman

    The RAND Corporation is launching the RAND Art + Data Residency, its newest artist-in-residency program focused on merging the worlds of art and data to help us better understand public policy issues.

    Jun 24, 2021

  • Artistic, abstract representation of data

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    RAND Art + Data: Artist Residency Program

    Through RAND Art + Data, four artists will use RAND research as their inspiration for visual storytelling. The result is a novel form of data expression that challenges us to think differently about policy analysis.

    Jun 24, 2021

  • Portrait of Giorgia Lupi

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    Giorgia Lupi: RAND Artist in Residence

    Giorgia Lupi is the inaugural artist-in-residence of RAND Art + Data. She is an information designer and partner at the international design consultancy Pentagram. In her work, Lupi focuses on designing engaging visual narratives that reconnect numbers to what they stand for: stories, people, ideas.

    Jun 24, 2021

  • Imaging Mental Health in America, design by Giorgia Lupi

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    Imaging Mental Health in America

    To kick off our artist residency program, RAND Art + Data, information designer Giorgia Lupi created a visualization inspired by RAND research on reforming the U.S. mental health system. The piece illustrates key numbers and forces animating the discussion about mental health care today.

    Jun 24, 2021

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