Arts Research Monitor articles, category = Social benefits of the arts

The concept of creativity, as applied to people, classes, neighbourhoods and cities, has been thrust into the limelight by the success of Richard Florida's book The Rise of the Creative Class. In this analysis, people want to live 'where things happen', creative class workers flock to creative locales, and jobs follow people, not the other way around.

This Australian report highlights case studies regarding the connections between community cultural development and seven areas: health; sustainable development; public housing and places; rural revitalization; community strengthening; active citizenship; social inclusion and cultural diversity.

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, based on the same survey of 1,231 Americans as Motivations Matter, examines in more detail the arts participation decisions of survey respondents.
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.