Social benefits of the arts

Volume 16 No 3 / June 21, 201721 June 2017

In this issue: Four perspectives on identifying and measuring social and intrinsic benefits of the arts from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.


Cultural activities, artforms and wellbeing

Arts Research Monitor

Written by two economists, this report examines “the relationship between cultural engagement and momentary wellbeing” using a United Kingdom dataset called Mappiness, which collects information from a mobile app that captures people… View this resource

Quality Metrics Final Report

Arts Research Monitor

The Quality Metrics National Test attempted to measure the value and impact of 374 events, exhibitions, or performances produced by 150 arts and culture organizations in England between November 2015 and May 2016. The National Test used ratings from… View this resource

Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change

Arts Research Monitor

This report, “developed by artists with ally evaluators and funders”, identifies and examines 11 characteristics of excellence in artistic work that aims to achieve social goals. “Arts for Change” projects exist “at the… View this resource

Vital Signs: Arts & Belonging

Arts Research Monitor

Summarizing existing research studies and incorporating new analyses of existing statistical sources, the core argument of this report is that arts “participation builds belonging”, which can be defined as how people connect with others a… View this resource

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