Performing Arts

RAND research on the arts includes explorations of national, state, and local arts policies; the impact of such policies on the availability of and accessibility to performing arts such as music, dance, and drama; and the use of arts education to help cultivate an audience for performing arts organizations.

  • 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

    Blog

    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

  • Periodical

    Periodical

    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

  • Report

    Report

    Arts-based approaches to public engagement with research: Lessons from a rapid review

    This report shares findings from a rapid review of the evidence on the use and effectiveness of arts-based approaches for public engagement with research.

    Jan 11, 2021

  • Report

    Report

    Cultural and Historical Resources Recovery Planning in Puerto Rico: Natural and Cultural Resources Sector Report, Volume II

    Many of Puerto Rico's cultural resources were devastated in Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The authors discuss their importance, the damage they endured immediately after the storms, and detail recovery actions in Puerto Rico's recovery plan.

    Sep 30, 2020

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

    Blog

    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

  • Dissertation

    Dissertation

    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

  • Dissertation

    Dissertation

    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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    Report

    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

  • a couple salsa dancing

    Commentary

    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

  • boy watching a graffiti artist in Cairo

    Report

    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

  • Commentary

    Commentary

    In Iraq, a Different Kind of Drama Stages a Message of Reconciliation

    While female suicide bombers in Iraq have been getting all the headlines, a very different cadre of women has emerged on the scene with the opposite goal of forging peace and paving over the sectarian differences. Above all, these activists want to take back the streets and neighborhoods of their country, write Edward O'Connell and Cheryl Benard.

    Dec 18, 2008

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Emerging Trends in State Arts Policy

    This research brief describes an effort carried out to describe and understand the strategies being used by innovative state arts agencies to deal with today's financial and political realities.

    Nov 12, 2008

  • Teacher with Kids - Creative Arts Class

    Report

    Trends and Future Prospects for the Arts Predict Changing Role for State Agencies

    State arts agencies — key players within the U.S. system of public support for the arts — face a wide varitey of challenges to their typical roles as grantmakers. The author concludes that future state arts policy is likely to focus more on efforts to develop the creative economy and to grow the audience for the arts.

    Oct 29, 2008

  • News Release

    News Release

    Improving Arts Education Is Key to Stemming Audience Decline

    Policymakers have underestimated the critical role of arts learning in supporting a vibrant nonprofit cultural sector. Despite decades of effort to make high-quality works of art available to Americans, demand for the arts has failed to keep pace with supply.

    Sep 9, 2008

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    How to Cultivate Demand for the Arts

    This research brief summarizes a study about what it means to cultivate demand for the arts, why it is important to do so, the role of arts learning in this effort, and arts and education policy changes needed to build future arts audiences.

    May 20, 2008

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Study Says Arts Policy Should Focus on Building Individual Appreciation of the Arts

    RAND Study Says Arts Policy Should Focus on Building Individual Appreciation of the Arts

    Feb 15, 2005

  • News Release

    News Release

    RAND Report Says State Arts Agencies Need to Reach Out to Broader Public in Order to Avoid Cycle of Budget Woes

    Arts Agencies Need to Reach Out to Broader Public in Order to Avoid Cycle of Budget Woes.

    Jun 4, 2004

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    Improving Arts Education Partnerships

    This research brief describes work documented in Arts Education Partnerships: Lessons Learned from One School District's Experience (MG-222-EDU).

    Jan 1, 2004

  • A ballerina awaiting the moment of entering the stage in the play

    Report

    State of the Performing Arts in America

    What is the state of the performing arts in America at the beginning of the 21st century? What does the future hold for America’s performing arts? This report identifies trends affecting audiences, artists, arts organizations, and financing for each of the performing arts, including opera, theater, dance, and music.

    Jan 1, 2001

  • Research Brief

    Research Brief

    The Performing Arts: Trends and Their Implications

    Media coverage of the performing arts in America paints a contradictory picture. The authors conclude that the structure of the performing arts system is undergoing a fundamental shift.

    Jan 1, 2001

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