The University of Arkansas’ National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab focuses on the social and/or emotional-related health benefits of the arts for individuals, and how these benefits and related outcomes vary by one’s socioeconomic characteristics, demographic and behavioral patterns. This research lab is supported in part by a grant award from the Research Labs program at the National Endowment for the Arts (Grant #: 17-3800-7016).



Study 1: “The Effect of Multiple Art Experiences on the Long-Term Social/Emotional Outcomes of Urban Elementary School Students”

This research project is the first ever large-scale experiment on the effects of multiple field trips on students’ social/emotional skills. The project is led by Dr. Jay P. Greene of the Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas in partnership with The Woodruff Arts Center, and Dr. Thalia Goldstein at George Mason University.  The study will examine potential effects of elementary school students in a large urban school district attending three culturally enriching field trips at the Woodruff Arts Center in a single school year.

Study 2: “A Longitudinal Evaluation of Crystal Bridges’ School Partnership Program”

The Crystal Bridges longitudinal study is a collaboration between the Character Assessment Initiative (Charassein) in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. The aim of the study is to perform evaluations of the effects of participating in the arts and cultural field trips, and to determine if there are long-term achievement and non-cognitive benefits of multiple cultural field trips for students.

Study 3: “Descriptive Study on Cultural Activity”

This descriptive study in partnership with Dr. Laura Crispin at St. Joseph’s University, aims to learn about the levels and trends in young people’s cultural activity and museum attendance using 6 nationally representative datasets.  It will also examine whether those levels and trends in cultural activity vary for different sub-groups of young people.



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