BY JAMIE CHAMBERLIN
What do the Sundance Film Festival, “The Color Purple” author
Alice Walker and the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial have in common?
All received funding from the National
Endowment for the Arts, the largest arts
funder in the United States. Last year,
NEA supported more than 2,200 grants
totaling $116 million for arts projects
in theater, music, visual arts and arts
education, as well as for research on
how art affects American life. In charge
of vetting NEA’s research proposals is
developmental psychologist Melissa
Menzer, PhD, a program analyst in the
Office of Research and Analysis.
For Menzer, who studied studio
arts along with psychology as an
undergraduate before earning her
doctorate in human development at the
Psychologist Melissa Menzer works to ensure that the National Endowment
for the Arts funds top-notch research on how the arts can enhance our lives.