National Arts Publications Database

The National Arts Publications Database is a bibliographic tool that gives access current and historical information on a multitude of topics related to arts administration and policy. The database contains over 7,000 bibliographic records—providing arts administrators, policy researchers, and advocates with an asset to help them locate information on arts policy and practice and arts administration resources and best practices. Many recent entries to the database may also include the actual publication for download as well. When possible, Americans for the Arts has included the publication for download, but in many cases the database is purely bibliographic by design.

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Author: PlaceStories

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Directory

A project of Art of the Rural, this atlas maps rural arts and culture, with a focus on rural youth, rural-urban exchange, and an interest in the changing face of rural America.

Categories: Heritage & Preservation

Book cover featuring painting of a person in a suit with a beard holding a paintbrush near a river. Text reads: Life As Art: aesthetics and the creation of art by Zachary Simpson.

Author: Zachary Simpson

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: E-Book

Life as Art looks at how to integrate the aesthetic emphases of meaning, liberation, and creativity into one’s daily life.

Categories: Arts Facts

Author: Cohen, Randy

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Infographic

  The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, empathy, and beauty. The arts also strengthen our communities socially, educationally, and economically—benefits that persist even during a pandemic that…

Categories: Advocacy, Arts Action Fund, Arts and Military, Arts Education, Arts Facts, Community Development, Creative Economies, Economic Impact, Federal, Health Wellness and Healing, Private Sector, Tourism

Author: Americans for the Arts

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Report

Americans for the Arts fielded the 2021 Profile of Arts Incubators during September and October 2021. The survey collected information about the participating art incubators' programs, financials, and operating procedures. It also focused on the…

Categories: Artists-Resources for, Arts Facts

Author: Google Arts & Culture

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Directory

Illuminating the Crossroads strives to show how science and art come together to speak a common language. Science is the quest to understand the physical world around us. Art is the desire to express the mental world within us. This curated online…

Categories: Visual Art

Author: Lovelee, Amanda,Rukhsana Nezam, Mallory, and Taylor, Johanna K.

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Blog post

This op-ed from Next City outlines the case for art as infrastructure, particularly in pursuit of equity.

Categories: Transportation & Infrastructure

Tech as Art cover

Author: National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Report

This report is the result of a two-year research initiative exploring the multifaceted creative practices of artists who engage with digital technologies. The research examines the creative infrastructure supporting tech-focused artistic practices…

Categories: Technology and Innovation

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Author: Thorp, Jer

Publication Year: 2021

Media Type: Book

In Living in Data, Thorp proves that thinking about data in a human context makes us better problem solvers and builds a healthier relationship between us and our data—one that puts our well-being front and center—and that there is a path forward…

Categories: Technology and Innovation

Author: The Creative Aging Resource

Publication Year: 2020

Media Type: Directory

The Creative Aging Resource is a place to access and share resources that highlight the benefits of arts education for older adults.

Categories: Aging

Photo of Youth engaging in arts. White text reads "Designing for engagement, the experiences of tweens in the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth Arts Initiative."

Author: Creative Youth Development National Partnership

Publication Year: 2019

Media Type: Conference paper/presentation

Presented by the Creative Youth Development National Partnership, this year-long technical assistance series is designed to increase understanding of CYD practice, build capacity, and advance the field.

Categories: Arts Education