Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium

This report, Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium, presents findings from a field scan commissioned in 2019 by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Ford Foundation and the Knight Foundation. The purpose of the scan was to more fully understand how artists are incorporating digital technologies in their creative work and to learn more about the current and prospective sources of support for these artistic practices. Funders reading the report then can make smarter decisions on how to enhance support for this field. The research is grounded in literature reviews, interviews, and group discussions with artists and practitioners across the United States.

The report shares detailed findings; identifies challenges; and ends with recommendations for different stakeholder groups, including funders, arts practitioners, policymakers, and educators.

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June 2021

National Endowment for the Arts

400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20506

Produced by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Office of Research & Analysis in collaboration with the Media Arts Division

Sunil Iyengar, Director, Research & Analysis
Patricia Moore Shaffer, Deputy Director, Research & Analysis Patricia Germann, Research Administrative Officer

Jax Deluca, Media Arts Director Sarah Burford, Media Arts Specialist Avril Claytor, Media Arts Specialist

Don Ball, Editor
Kelli Rogowski, Designer

Research Team Members

Sarah Lutman, Principal, 8 Bridges Workshop
Jessica Fiala, Research Associate, 8 Bridges Workshop Patricia Johnson, Associate, 8 Bridges Workshop Greta Rudolph, Associate, 8 Bridges Workshop

Jessica Clark, Principal, Dot Connector Studio
Katie Donnelly, Co-Founder, Dot Connector Studio Michelle Polyak, Assistant Director, Dot Connector Studio

Supported by

Ford Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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