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Research and Policy Overview

Since its founding in 2002, the Center has generated and supported research on art, cultural expression, creativity and the policies – meaning the decisions, practices, and regulations – that nurture or constrain them. Our policy work has resulted in influential books, articles, and white papers that deal with arts and education; health and well-being; radio deregulation; motion picture exports; cultural heritage work; the creative city; and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP).

The Curb Center understands that the content and character of America’s cultural life is of vital importance to the future of our students, our larger university and civic community, and our national polity.  In all we do, we seek answers to a single, driving question: How can the arts best serve the public interest? This concern for creativity and the public interest motivates all our activities, both in our local community and in the national policy arena.

To this end, each year we competitively select graduate students and beginning-level faculty for a Curb Public Scholar award.  These scholars are engaged in research that promises to illuminate policy issues of significance to music, publishing, the graphic arts, film, television, theater, literature, the entertainment industry, and digital media.  Each scholar project also explores one or more social, political, and economic issues, including artistic ownership and copyright concerns, urban planning and development, international trade and diplomacy, distribution and access, medicine and the arts, creativity and well-being, and public support of the arts.