Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis



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Latika Chaudhary

Reader 2

Sean Flynn

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This thesis studies the determinants of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and identifies the key factors that can account for their variation across communities. The analysis examines the target audience for NEA grants, how the NEA chooses to distribute its funds, and whether the grants aimed at low-income communities are effective in targeting communities that do not otherwise have access to the arts. This study concludes that grants from the National Endowment for the Arts tend to be allocated to communities with higher college graduation rates, but not necessarily higher income levels.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.