Arts Afield: The Changing of the Guard

By Angela Watson As part of larger research on arts related field trips, I have visited major art museums across the United States in the last year. I observe field trips and interview education staff about what they do well and challenges they face. Usually topics of...

Art Field Trips Matter for Young Children

Dan Bowen, Brian Kisida, and I have published a few articles describing the results of an experiment in which we randomly assigned school groups to receive a field trip to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art or not.  Students assigned by lottery to get a field...

Arts Integration Is a Sucker’s Game

 By Dr. Jay P. Greene Arts advocates are earnest in their support of arts integration through science, technology, engineering, art, and math instruction. But as a strategy for promoting arts education, STEAM is almost certainly counterproductive as well as...

Welcome!

Welcome to the blog for the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab located at the University of Arkansas.  I am Jay P. Greene and I am the director of that Lab as well as the 21st Century Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and the Chair of the...

The Play’s the Thing

By Dr. Jay P. Greene What do students learn from field trips to see live theater? As it turns out, quite a lot. That’s the finding of my new working paper co-authored with Heidi Holmes Erickson, Angela Watson, and Molly Beck that was posted on SSRN this week. We...