Measuring the Muse:
Arts Research from the Frontlines
May 5, 2005
9 am-5 pm
Registration form [pdf]
No longer a policy afterthought, the arts have made a successful case in recent years for their importance as an industry. But myriad questions remain. What is the real value of creativity in the economy? How are artists and cultural institutions affecting their communities across the United States? Are young people getting their information about books and music in fundamentally new ways? Is arts participation on the decline? What role does cultural journalism play in the swiftly evolving media landscape? And have the intrinsic benefits of the arts been lost in the argument over the numbers?
Top arts researchers will come together to present and dissect the latest data at Measuring the Muse, an unprecedented National Arts Journalism Program-Alliance for the Arts conference at Columbia University. Altering our understanding of how the arts industry works, Measuring the Muse will provide illumination and ammunition for the continuing debate and give researchers, arts managers, arts advocates, students and journalists a clear, comprehensive, one-day overview of the field.
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