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ARTSFUND SOCIAL IMPACT OF THE ARTS STUDY
The ArtsFund Social Impact of the Arts Study frames a new way of understanding the public value of the arts in King County. How are arts advancing community priorities and positive outcomes for participants and non-participants alike? With primary focus on youth development & education, health & wellness, and neighborhood vitality, the study probes the potential for arts to influence more equitable outcomes. The report combines a county-wide public poll; a landscape scan of King County arts, cultural, and heritage nonprofits; a substantive review of 150+ national research resources; and case studies of ten regional arts organizations.



CREATIVE TRANSFORMATION: ARTS, CULTURE, AND PUBLIC HOUSING COMMUNITIES
To explore the role of arts and culture in transforming public housing communities, NOCD-NY convened a diverse range of residents for a roundtable in July 2015. Drawing on interviews carried out in the field, Creative Transformation: Arts, Culture and Public Housing Communities was designed to showcase exemplary partnerships that illustrated equitable, long-term approaches, identify barriers and challenges, develop recommendations and discuss how to move them into action, and more. 



DICK & RICK: A VISUAL PRIMER FOR SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGN
More and more people are practicing some form of community-engaged design, or social impact design, or human-centered design. But are there right and wrong ways to do it? The Equity Collective, a group of practitioners in the field, worked with CUP and illustrator Ping Zhu to create a tongue-in-cheek storybook that shines a light on how good community-engaged design practices can not only create good projects, but also advance social justice.



DOING WELL AND DOING GOOD BY DOING ART
Are there connections between involvement in arts learning and general academic success? In 2009, this researcher analyzed ten additional years of NELS data related to the previously studied students, then age 26. The results strongly connect arts learning with both general academic success and pro-social outcomes (i.e., outcomes such as volunteerism, involvement in the community, or civic participation).



INFORMAL ARTS: FINDING COHESION, CAPACITY AND OTHER CULTURAL BENEFITS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES
A team of ethnographers from the Chicago Center for Arts Policy at Columbia College (CCAP) conducted a research study to investigate adult participation in the “informal arts” which encompasses such diverse experiences as acting in community theater, singing in a church choir, writing poetry at the local library, or painting portraits in a home studio. These “hands-on” activities tap people’s creative potential and expand our concept of artistic participation beyond the role of audience member.



MAGNETIZING NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH AMATEUR ARTS PERFORMANCE
There is a significant correlation between the amount of amateur, informal arts activity in neighborhoods and neighborhood stability and/or improvement. This correlation is evidence of magnetization - an increase in the desirability, commitment, social integration, and quality of life in a community area. Arts create shared experience, they encourage intergenerational activity and make public spaces enjoyable, among other effects. For those reasons, components of comprehensive community development should include space for amateur and semi-professional activity.