Arts and Culture Research and Resources (February 2022)

February 1, 2022
Cover of the Disability Design Report. Photograph of a spiral ramp walkway being used successfully by people walking and a person in a wheelchair.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 

  • “Conversations about Disability Design” NEA podcast episode with Joshua Halstead, designer, teacher, disability advocate, and researcher for the NEA’s report Disability Design, and Grace Jun, CEO of Open Style Lab. Listen or read the text transcript on the NEA website:  
  • “Disability Design” report commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts. To better understand current trends in the disability design field, the NEA commissioned a field scan, which included a review of recent research and news articles as well as interviews with key subject matter experts. This report provides a summary of the field scan, sharing current trends and making recommendations for disability design in public spaces and for the human body and mind. Read the report online or download the PDF from the NEA website:  
  • NEA podcast episode “Dr. Nicole Fleetwood”. Professor, art historian, and curator Dr. Nicole Fleetwood has spent years exploring the art of incarcerated people and how it is essential to our understanding of mass incarceration and the people it affects. A 2021 MacArthur Fellow, Fleetwood began this work as she reflected on her family’s and community’s history of imprisonment. The project grew into an award-winning book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration  and a traveling museum exhibition also titled “Marking Time.” Listen to the podcast or read the text transcript on the NEA website:

American Academy of Arts & Sciences (AMACAD) 

“Art for Life’s Sake: The Case for Arts Education” a report of the Commission on the Arts. “This report offers a clarion call to parents, teachers, and governments at the national, state, and local level to recognize the vital role arts education plays in developing empathetic, well-rounded, and civically engaged individuals who are prepared to be active members of their communities and participants in our democracy.” – David W. Oxtoby. Read the report or download the PDF from the AMACAD website:  

Public Access Room: Engagement 101

Engage with the Hawaiʻi State Legislature! The Public Access Room’s “Engagement 101” has videos to help you offer your views and perspectives to help the legislature make the best laws for the state of Hawaiʻi. The videos show you how to find your own senator and representative, how to sign up for hearing notices, how to submit testimony, and more. Get started on the Legislative Reference Bureau website:

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