New cross-sector research project to include ArtWell

Congratulations grantees! We are thrilled and honored to be included as partners along with Settlement Music School, BuildaBridge International and Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology for the research project led by Drexel University. The project aims to connect creative arts therapies with community-based arts organizations to enhance social engagement and overall well-being in those who have been affected by prolonged stressors such as chronic pain, extended caregiving, academic stress, and trauma.

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News from the National Endowment for the Arts


Washington, DC – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces the first projects funded through a new program, NEA Research Labs. The cross-sector projects supported through the program investigate how the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities. The NEA will fund four inaugural projects totaling $598,600 that will yield insights for the arts sector and for non-arts sectors such as healthcare, education, business, and management.

Of the 44 applications received by the NEA, the four labs recommended for funding are: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Each of the labs will design and implement a research agenda and prepare reports in one of three areas:

  • The Arts, Health, and Social/Emotional Well-Being
  • The Arts, Creativity, Cognition, and Learning
  • The Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation

Drexel University: $149,100

Drexel University will develop an Arts Research on Chronic Stress Lab to explore the intersection of the arts, health, and social/emotional well-being. The intent is to connect creative arts therapies with community-based arts organizations to enhance social engagement and overall well-being in those who have been affected by prolonged stressors such as chronic pain, extended caregiving, academic stress, and trauma. Researchers will work with the Settlement Music School, ArtWell, Build-a-Bridge International, and the Penn Medicine Radiation Oncology Department.

Read Full Announcement (via arts.gov)