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Integration of Education in the Arts and Humanities with the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts sponsor new study by National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

NEH and NEA Supports New Higher Education Study on Integration of STEM with Arts and Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts sponsor new study by National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 26, 2016) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that they are sponsors of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study on the integration of education in the sciences, engineering, and medicine with the arts and humanities.

An ad hoc committee overseen by the Academy’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW) in collaboration with units in the Policy and Global Affairs Division, the National Academy of EngineeringHealth and Medicine Division, and Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education will produce a consensus report that examines the evidence behind the assertion that educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the humanities, arts, and STEM lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students.

The committee will convene for its first meeting July 27-28, in Washington, D.C. Check out the meeting’s public agenda to find out more information about this meeting. To RSVP, please contact Ashley Bear.

The committee will produce a report that will summarize the results of this examination and provide recommendations for all stakeholders to support appropriate endeavors to strengthen higher education initiatives in this area.

The committee is chaired by Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton. You can find the full list of committee members here.

Over the past 50 years, the NEH and NEA has awarded many grants that utilize technology to preserve and present the humanities and the arts as well as promote the history of technology, medicine and engineering.

“We can’t grasp the experiential impact of technology without humanities-based questions and perspectives,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “A holistic education provides students with a wide range of skills that better prepare them to enter the professional world.”

 “The arts uncover possibilities that can help us solve complex problems in many different fields, from science and transportation to healthcare and education,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “For this reason, seamlessly integrating the arts throughout our educational system is vital to preparing the next generation of innovators, industry leaders, and productive citizens.”

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is also sponsor of the study.

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National Endowment for the Arts: Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the agency is celebrating this milestone with events and activities through September 2016.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media Contacts: Courtney Chapin at (202) 606-8298 or media@neh.gov