Understanding the Value of Arts and Culture

Understanding the Value of Arts and Culture



the debate over the value and impact of arts and culture has occupied some of the world's greatest minds now a comprehensive new report brings a fresh perspective to the issue the understanding the value of arts and culture report represents the culmination of the a HRC's three-year cultural value project involving 70 original pieces of research the project provides the most in-depth attempt to understand the difference made by arts and culture so what is the project discovered to fully appreciate the impact of arts and culture on our economy on our communities and cities or on our health we must start with understanding individual experience because so many of the societal benefits to be gained through arts and culture flow from the benefits experienced by individuals in the way it affects us how we see ourselves and each other and the contribution we go on to make to this end the cultural value project broadens the scope of the traditional debate beyond subsidized cultural sectors to include cultural experiences through the commercial sector as well as a mature and participatory arts because this is how most of us engage the report sheds new light on neglected areas where research shows arts and culture make a difference such as prompting personal reflectiveness and empathy enabling engaged citizens and thriving communities and the imagination and creativity that underpins innovation this new perspective quickly gives rise to the need for a wider and more subtle toolbox of methodologies to talk about and evaluate the concept of cultural value one more effective use of evaluation not just for satisfying funders but for cultural organisations to understand the responses of their audiences to a broader range of methodologies that value qualitative methods as much as quantitative ones drawing more on methods that come from the arts and humanities three further development of the project's economic evaluation methodologies which are already being used by the Treasury we also need a better understanding of the ways in which digital engagement is affecting people's experience both the way we consume and the way we're creating is the cultural and creative industries are growing and the way we access culture is changing at a rapid pace academics researchers and the whole cultural sector must work together to ensure we are not only ready for expansion but can support and sustain it to find out more download our report

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