Social benefits of culture

Volume 17 No 1 / April 25, 201825 April 2018

In this issue: Four reports examining the social benefits of the arts, culture, and heritage, including three Canadian literature reviews and an American study of the relationship between artistic activities and well-being.


The Social Effects of Culture: A Literature Review

Arts Research Monitor

This literature review, which examines English-language publications since 2000 related to the non-economic effects of culture, found that there is “a deluge of recent literature citing the (usually positive) impacts of engagement with the arts… View this resource

Social Impacts and Benefits of Arts and Culture: A Literature Review

Arts Research Monitor

This report “aims to summarize research in the areas of theory, evidence, measurement frameworks and indicators” of the social benefits of culture. The review found “wide evidence of positive effects of arts and culture in society… View this resource

A Review of Research Related to the Benefits of Arts Engagement

Arts Research Monitor

This brief report focuses on a few studies related to the social and economic benefits of cultural engagement. The review found that “people benefit in multiple ways when there is a vibrant arts and culture base in their community and that taki… View this resource

Artful Living: Examining the Relationship between Artistic Practice and Subjective Wellbeing Across Three National Surveys

Arts Research Monitor

This report is intended as “an initial exploration of the thesis that the arts are essential to a high quality of life”, based on three American datasets (surveys of adult consumers’ attitudes, university students, and arts program… View this resource

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