Research from the University of Arkansas National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab was mentioned in a new article in The New York Times on December 22nd, 2019. The article discussed a new longitudinal study from London researchers showing that participant visits to museums or concerts increased their chances of living longer. The article included similar studies showing the benefits of exposure to the arts, including two papers released in Spring 2019 by the UofA NEA Research Lab showing that children taken on multiple school field trips to arts experiences at the Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta had higher levels of social-emotional skills, stronger school engagement, and higher standardized test scores than those who did not attend the field trips. Researchers at the UofA NEA Research Lab expect results on the third year of the Woodruff study to be released later in 2020.

Papers available for download here:

Watson, Angela and Greene, Jay and Holmes Erickson, Heidi and Beck, Molly I. Altered Attitudes and Actions: Social-Emotional Effects of Multiple Arts Field Trips (February 19, 2019). EDRE Working Paper 2019-04. Available at SSRN: or

Holmes Erickson, Heidi and Greene, Jay and Watson, Angela and Beck, Molly I. Does Art Make You Smart? A Longitudinal Experiment of the Effects of Multiple Arts- Focused Field Trips (February 28, 2019). EDRE Working Paper No. 2019-05. Available at SSRN: or