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.

  • The Angel City Chorale on America's Got Talent, August 14, 2018


    RAND's Got Talent

    Two RAND singers, Allison Elder and Jennifer Prim, performed with the Angel City Chorale on America's Got Talent. The choir earned a standing ovation and a “golden buzzer” from the judges on its way to the semifinals.

    Oct 26, 2018

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    How to Support More and Stronger Arts Education Partnerships in Allegheny County

    This report presents findings from an exploratory study on arts partnerships in Allegheny County and identifies regional facilitators and barriers to forming, implementing, and sustaining them.

    Aug 9, 2017

  • Portraits of Victor Clothing Company Employees (c. 1979-1981) by John Valadez


    Why the Walls of RAND Are Filled with Contemporary Art

    RAND's art collection is part of a culture that, not dissimilar to the art world, fosters creativity, inquisitiveness, and thinking outside the box.

    Aug 3, 2017

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    Vibrant Symphony Orchestras: A Policy Analytic Perspective

    Addresses American symphony orchestras and the unusual economic challenges they face, which are shared by many performing arts organizations.

    Dec 12, 2016

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    Considering Cultural Integration in the United States: Empirical Essays on Immigrants' Arts Participation

    Explores arts participation as a means of broader civic and social engagement facilitating immigrants' integration into the United States.

    Sep 21, 2016

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    RAND Review: May-June 2016

    This issue highlights integrative medicine and the future of health care; the RAND American Life Panel; a commentary on how to expedite the process of resolving open cases at Guantánamo Bay; women soldiers on the special ops battlefield; and more.

    May 2, 2016

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    Kevin McCarthy, Longtime Santa Monica Resident and RAND Researcher, Developed Tools to Predict Family Mobility

    Kevin Farley McCarthy, a RAND researcher who worked on projects ranging from immigration to the arts, died March 17, 2015. His work helped cities, states, judiciaries, and museums address some of their most difficult issues.

    Mar 20, 2015

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    Cultural Security: Evaluating the Power of Culture in International Affairs

    This book will take readers through the concepts and issues surrounding cultural property, cultural currency and cultural power, leaving readers with invaluable insights on the political economy of cultural property.

    Dec 31, 2014

  • Don and Susan Rice at RAND's Politics Aside 2014


    Donald B. and Susan F. Rice Support Pardee RAND's 'Be the Answer' Campaign with $1 Million Gift

    Longtime RAND supporters Donald B. and Susan F. Rice, for the third time, have established an endowed scholarship at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Their most recent gift of $1 million was generously donated as part of Pardee RAND's Be the Answer campaign, which Don Rice chairs and which has thus far raised in excess of $19 million.

    Dec 19, 2014

  • Luncheon with donors Lynda and Stewart Resnick


    Pardee RAND Graduate School Receives $1 Million Gift, Establishes Lynda and Stewart Resnick Endowed Scholarship

    A $1 million gift from philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick will help Ph.D. candidates at the Pardee RAND Graduate School receive exceptional training today to embark on careers in public service.

    Oct 22, 2014

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    Findings From the School-Based Theatrical Performance Walk in Our Shoes

    California's Prevention and Early Intervention initiative, aimed at stigma and discrimination reduction, developed and presented theatre performances to educate students about mental illness. Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of one of these performances, Walk in Our Shoes.

    May 27, 2014

  • Vermeer, The Concert, 1658-1660. Oil on canvas


    Erik Nemeth Appears on History Channel's 'America's Book of Secrets: Lost Treasures'

    In an episode of the History Channel's “America's Book of Secrets,” Erik Nemeth discusses the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist of 1990 and the broader implications of art crime for national security.

    Jul 15, 2013

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    Putting the Spring in the Arab Spring

    Qatar has a salsa scene. Dubai hosted the big international Fujairah Latin Festival. The Oman Salsa Festival took place in March. Jordan and Cairo both have a salsa scene. What makes this so conversation-worthy is that it is indicative of a growing cultural openness in parts of the Middle East.

    Jun 17, 2013

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    Artists and the Arab Uprisings

    Artists can play a positive role in shaping public debate and supporting democratic transition in the Middle East. This report explores challenges to artists after the Arab uprisings and how governments and nongovernmental actors can support them.

    May 28, 2013

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    A Gap in Cultural Intelligence

    High-end collectors and cultural-heritage abusers alike would benefit from a boost in cultural intelligence, or “CQ,” to grasp the interrelation of art, culture, economic development, and human rights, writes Erik Nemeth.

    Feb 26, 2013

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    Journal Article

    Alternative Power: Political Economy of Cultural Property

    the politics of cultural property and economics of the art market indicate a complement to hard and soft power in foreign relations.

    Feb 1, 2013

  • Michael Sheen, Howard Gordon, and David Nevins at RAND's Politics Aside event


    How Hollywood Affects Global Policy

    A panel of Hollywood heavyweights at RAND's Politics Aside event discusses the international influence of American entertainment programming and delves into how popular films can shape the public perception of historic events.

    Nov 27, 2012

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    The Diplomatic Power of Art

    Museum directors and owners of private collections can wait to be challenged on the provenance of artifacts of foreign cultural heritage—or realize an opportunity for strengthening relations with the source nation, writes Erik Nemeth.

    Nov 16, 2012

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    Journal Article

    The Diplomatic Power of Art

    Even as cultural property faces immediate peril today in conflict zones like Syria and Mali, there is anecdotal evidence that some nations are awakening to the diplomatic and foreign policy benefits that can flow from the repatriation of cultural patrimony.

    Nov 1, 2012

  • U.S. marines climb up to topple a statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at al-Fardous Square in Baghdad, Iraq, April 9, 2003


    Repatriating Part of Saddam Statue Could Promote Democracy

    Proactive protection and repatriation of artworks and artifacts can demonstrate our respect for another nation's heritage when the chaos of conflict obscures the value of cultural identity, writes Erik Nemeth.

    Jun 7, 2012

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