EngAGE Awarded California Arts Council “Research in the Arts” Grant

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award$45,000 to EngAGE as part of its “Research in the Arts” pilot program.


Research in the Arts was developed to foster original research on the value and impact of the arts. Grantees will produce at least one article-length research paper ready for publication.

About the grant:

The U.S. is experiencing an increase in older adults, and helping them remain active in their communities is a priority. Engaging in the arts is a promising approach to help keep older adults active and engaged in meaningful ways. A number of studies suggest that engaging in the arts can help promote well-being of older adults. The purpose of this proposal is to examine the effect of arts programs on well-being with an emphasis on decreasing social isolation and increasing positive affect.

EngAGE received one of just four grants awarded to California-based scholars and research teams. The news of EngAGE’s grant was featured as part of a larger announcement from the California Arts Council, which can be viewed online at http://arts.ca.gov/news/pressreleases.php.

“The California Arts Council is proud to support research projects that will analyze and better explain the role of art in all aspects of our lives,” said Donn K. Harris, Chair of the California Arts Council. “Understanding art’s impact educates stakeholders and helps the Arts Council refine its efforts to provide the maximum benefit to California’s communities.”

To view a complete listing of all Research in the Arts grantees, visit http://arts.ca.gov/programs/files/CAC_RIA_Grantees_2016-17_FINAL.pdf.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Donn K. Harris, Vice Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Larry Baza, Phoebe Beasley, Christopher Coppola, Juan Devis, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Louise McGuinness, Steven Oliver, and Rosalind Wyman. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov.


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