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Earl Gregg Swem Library

How Creativity Works in the Brain

Categories: Arts/Humanities

Summarizes themes and trends emerging from psychological and neurobiological studies of creativity.  Identifies artistic creativity as a process worthy of more rigorous study.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


Librarian of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera Poet Laureate

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Headlines,Libraries/Museums,Literacy/Reading

Agency press release announcing the first U.S. Hispanic poet laureate who will serve during 2015-16.   Includes background information on Herrera and on the office including a full list of past laureates.  From the Library of Congress


Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place

Categories: Arts/Humanities

Results of a workshop on how performing arts organizations and the artists they engage transform places through their artistic practices.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


A Matter of Choice? Arts Participation Patterns of Americans with Disabilities

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Disability,Statistics

Examines the degree of participation in arts activities by those with disabilities, the types of arts they prefer, and the reasons for such preferences.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


Money for Something: Music Licensing in the 21st Century

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents,Telecommunications/Internet

Describes the current legal framework governing the music industry.  It also examines the changes in technology and consumer behavior that have reshaped the industry.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Copyright/Patents

Request for comments from copyright owners and users about how the market for photographs, graphic arts and illustrations is working.  Comments are due by July 23, 2015.  From the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress


Arts and Cultural Contributions to the Creative Economy

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Business/Economics,Statistics

Defines the creative economy as value added by industries identified as “copyright intensive” and asserts that copyright-intensive industries contributed $869 billion to the U.S. economy in 2012.   The production of arts and cultural goods accounted for half or $433 billion.  From the National Endowment for the Arts


Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Libraries/Museums,Literacy/Reading

Listen to recorded readings of famed writers such as Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and Gwendolyn Brooks.  Contains nearly 2,000 recordings dating back to the 1940s.  From the Library of Congress


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