This report, through a literature review of the benefits of the arts, attempts "to engage the arts community and the public in a new dialogue about the value of the arts, to stimulate further research, and to help public and private policymakers reach informed decisions".
Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Social benefits of the arts
Impact database: Social and economic impact of culture and major events (17 Feb 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 9)
The Scottish "Impact" database provides bibliographical information about research into the social and economic impacts of arts, culture and events.
Similar to the Canadian Making the Case for Culture site, this California site provides information and resources related to: 1) the arts as an economic engine; 2) the arts as a catalyst for better education; 3) the arts as a foundation for health and human services; 4) the arts in civic and community participation; and 5) how "creativity sparks imagination".
This site contains brief summaries of how the arts contribute to six aspects of Canadian life: the economy; urban renewal; community identity and pride; positive change in communities; quality of life and quality of place; and youth development.
Based on a survey of 1,200 American adults in March of 2004 (a different survey than that which was used to prepare The Diversity of Cultural Participation and Motivations Matter), this fact sheet highlights seven key findings regarding the arts.
The Diversity of Cultural Participation: Findings of a National Survey (31 Jan 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 8)
The Diversity of Cultural Participation, based on the same survey of 1,231 Americans as Motivations Matter, examines in more detail the arts participation decisions of survey respondents.
Motivations Matter: Findings and Practical Implications of a National Survey of Cultural Participation (31 Jan 2006 | Vol. 4 | No. 8)
This report, based on a survey of 1,231 Americans, digs deeper than typical demographic analyses to examine the motivations for arts attendance.
The National Arts & Youth Demonstration Project summarizes the results of research into the impact of selected community-based arts programs on children in low-income communities in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and a rural town in Ontario.
The Canada Council's advocacy resource kit contains sections on key advocacy messages, advocacy tips and strategies, the achievements of artists and cultural organizations in a range of sectors, community and economic impacts of the arts, the contributions of Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists, and more. Within each of these areas, the kit contains a variety of statistics, resources and arguments to help arts advocates.
The Values Study: Rediscovering the Meaning and Value of Arts Participation (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 4 | No. 1)
Some of the many themes of the report include: the clear impact of childhood arts experiences on adult participation and overall quality of life; the interrelatedness of the arts ecosystem; the ways in which people access one artform through another; the fact that people derive significant value from personal curating; and how "personal connections with artists can bridge a relevance gap and ignite latent arts interests and inspire participation".
Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts (17 Oct 2005 | Vol. 4 | No. 1)