Social benefits of the arts

Volume 18 No 5 / October 9, 20199 October 2019

In this issue: A focus on the social benefits of the arts, including a Canadian report on community engagement and impacts of arts presenters, a report on social wellbeing in New York City neighbourhoods, a American resource outlining evidence on the social impacts of the arts, and a report on the associations between arts participation and civic engagement.


Vitality and Impact of Arts Presenting

Arts Research Monitor

Based on a 2018 survey of Canadian arts presenters, this report details the scope, vitality, and practices of the presenting sector, as well as presenters’ perceived impacts in their communities. The survey received 250 responses from presenters in 1… View this resource

The Social Wellbeing of New York City’s Neighborhoods: The Contribution of Culture and the Arts

Arts Research Monitor

This three-year study examined the presence of cultural assets in New York City neighbourhoods and their impact on dimensions of social wellbeing, using data collected from City agencies, borough arts councils, other arts organizations, and qualitati… View this resource

Arts + Social Impact Explorer

Arts Research Monitor

Americans for the Arts has created an online research tool that compiles and categorizes a large body of evidence on the social impacts of the arts. The “Arts and Social Impact Explorer” is structured as a pinwheel with 10 main topics, which are divi… View this resource

Relationships between different types and modes of arts-related experiences, motivation, and civic engagement

Arts Research Monitor

Based on U.S. Census data, this study examines the connection between attending different types of arts experiences and pro-social activities, such as making charitable donations, volunteering, attending community meetings, and voting. The research t… View this resource

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