The George Mason University Arts Research Center is a multidisciplinary research center involving the expertise of three faculty members at George Mason University, with a focus on arts engagement, child development, and education. The overarching goal of the Mason Arts Research Center is to investigate the role and effects of arts engagement, across all art forms, on social and emotional development in educational, out of school, and other contexts. This center is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its Research Labs program. For more on the NEA Research Labs program, click here.

Principal Investigators

Dr. Thalia Goldstein

 Dr. Goldstein is Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University.  More…

Dr. Adam Winsler

Dr. Winsler is a Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology and Associate Chair for graduate studies in the Psychology Department at George Mason University.  More…

Dr. Kimberly Sheridan

Dr. Sheridan is an associate professor with a joint appointment in Educational Psychology and Art Education at George Mason University. More…


Student Reflections on the 1st Mason Arts Research Center Conference
Author note: This blog is cross posted Thalia Goldstein’s Psychology Today blog.  — We’re pleased the present the first of many blogs that will come from the October 18, 2019 highly successful first Mason Arts Research Center conference. The focus of this conference was looking at connections between research, practice and policy, with an…
Artistic License and Scientific Truth
This Blog post is by Thalia R. Goldstein and cross posted on her blog.  Science is concerned with finding the truth about the world. The best outcome in a scientific study is that it produces verifiable, replicable facts about the biological, chemical, physical, or psychological world. The same is not true in…


Thank you to all who attended MasonARC19!

The MasonARC 2019 conference was held on October 18th, 2019 to great success!  More than 70 attendees including 12 panelists from the worlds of academic research, arts policy, artists and arts organizations, and grant makers met on the George Mason campus for a day of talks, panels, and collaborative activities.  Please click here if you attended and have not yet completed the post-conference survey.  Please click here for our blog series about the conference, to be updated over the coming months, and please click here for the program and photos from the day (photos coming soon!).

Sponsors and Arts Partners

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