IMLS Calls for Existing Research on Arts Programs

at Libraries and Museums

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) have joined forces to expand the body of knowledge on how museums and libraries support youth development through their arts programs. As part of a new cooperative effort, IMLS and AEP are encouraging organizations to submit existing studies for consideration for inclusion in AEP's<> - the nation's first online clearinghouse of research and policy information focused entirely on the educational outcomes associated with arts learning.

The project seeks formal research or evaluation of arts education programming provided by museums or libraries that investigates a question or hypothesis, rather than journalistic or descriptive accounts. Further, the study should focus on some formal or structured program, project, or component not a single event arts activity or experience. The program can take place in school, out-of-school, at a museum or library, or in an alternative programming area.

A full description of the criteria for inclusion is available online:

For more information about submissions, please contact Scott Jones, AEP's Senior Associate for Research and Policy, at AEP ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).