Cultural institutions and opportunities to participate in arts and culture can provide entertainment and personal fulfillment. They can also enhance civic pride and act as an indicator of a healthy economy. NORC studies the most significant issues affecting arts and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our varied projects include Cultural Infrastructure in the United States, a comprehensive analysis of museums, theaters, and performing arts centers built between 1994 and 2008; the California Survey of Arts & Cultural Participation, which examined the ways that people participate in a range of arts activities and how they express themselves through artistic means; and the Teaching Artists Research Project, which explored the role of teaching artists in arts education. We’ve studied how engaging people with artistic production and creative expression can be a means to improve their employability and economic opportunities. We have also explored the practices and needs of Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan creators in the performing arts.
Departments, Centers & Programs
Arts & Culture Experts
Norman BradburnDistinguished Senior Fellow
Kevin L. BrownVice President
Michael ReynoldsSenior Vice President & Director
Gwendolyn RuggSenior Research Scientist