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Request for Impact Studies or Analyses of Folk and Traditional Arts Programs (etc.)

Monday, March 19, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson

By Cliff Murphy (National Endowment for the Arts) —

Dear AFS members,

We are requesting copies of white paper assessments/impact studies of U.S.-based folk and traditional arts programs and/or their various components (apprenticeships, festivals, exhibitions, archives, field surveys, etc.) that have been published in the last ten years (since 2008). Sharing this material with us is entirely voluntary and does not constitute any sort of audit. Rather, we hope to make use of these reports in our forthcoming Folk & Traditional Arts impact study that we are producing with the NEA Office of Research & Analysis.

As many of you know, we have been working over the past two years to develop data and analyses of the work of Folk & Traditional Arts programs to serve as a compliment to the powerful qualitative arguments our field has made for the past four decades. Reading and analyzing impact studies/assessments of a variety of folk and traditional arts programs can help to reveal strategies for success and deep impact, common challenges, and so forth, that can be shared more broadly with the field.

The NEA Office of Research and Analysis has just begun its second phase of research on this topic (phase one was released last fall, and can be found here). We anticipate a robust new report will be released by the Fall of 2018. So...if people have reports to share, we are hoping they can send them to us ASAP via email. You can send those to my email address: If you can only send hard copy, that can be snail mailed to my address below.

If anyone has questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out. Also, if you are aware of colleagues in the field who may have information to share (but who may not be AFS members or subscribe to Publore), please forward this message along to them (or let me know, and I can reach out directly). Also, apologies to those of you at state folklife programs who already received a variation of this same request...

Thank you for all that you do!



Clifford Murphy
Folk & Traditional Arts Director | Multidisciplinary Arts
National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street SW | Washington DC 20506 | 202-682-5726 (p) | 202-682-5669 (fax)

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