When we talk about the value of arts and culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world.
This is what we cherish.
However, we also understand that arts and culture has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education.
It’s important we also recognise this impact to help people think of our arts and culture for what they are: a strategic national resource.
The value of arts and culture to people and society outlines the existing evidence on the impact of arts and culture on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education.
The main objectives of this review are to:
– assess the strength of the evidence base between 2010–13 about the economic, social, health and wellbeing, education, lifelong learning and environmental impacts and outcomes of arts and culture in England
– assess the evidence base about what works, and among whom and in what circumstances to create value for the arts and culture in England – assess the methodologies and approaches adopted for evidencing the instrumental impact of art and culture
– assess the evidence base in relation to the Arts Council’s five goals
– identify the gaps and weaknesses in the current evidence base to inform the Arts Council’s future research programme, which will in turn shape future policy in the arts and cultural sector