Impacts

This section contains research that looks at the impact of arts and culture. You can use this information when advocating for the value of culture, when compiling funding applications or thinking about how you add value to your communities.

The studies summarised here mostly document the impacts on individuals who engage in arts and culture in some way. A few studies also look at the wider impacts on society as a whole. The best evidence we have on the benefits of cultural engagement is to be found in the education and health and wellbeing sections.

The Impacts section of CultureCase is divided into the following categories:

intrinsic impacts

educational impacts

economic impacts

neighbourhood impacts

health and wellbeing impacts

environmental impacts

international impacts

other social impacts

The summaries in this category are:

Successful cultural districts increase employment and income

This research was conducted by Douglas S. Noonan at Indiana University-Purdue University, USA

Summary

The paper takes a look at the impacts that ‘cultural districts’ had on their neighbourhoods, towns and cities. Specifically the research analysed data from 99 cultural districts in the US to examine whether cultural districts increased income …

By | 11 April 2014 |

Measuring intrinsic benefits of theatre with the Arts Audience Experience Index

This research was conducted by Jennifer Radbourne, Hilary Glow and Katya Johanson at Deakin University, Australia

Summary

This paper summarises the early development of the Arts Audience Experience Index by researchers and arts organisations in Australia. It is an adaptable tool that can be used to measure the intrinsic impacts of …

By | 11 April 2014 |

Theatre training can improve cognitive function and psychological wellbeing of older people

This research was conducted by Helga Noice, Tony Noice and Graham Staines at Elmhurst College, Indiana State University and National Development and Research Institutes, USA

Summary

This paper reports an experiment to investigate the benefits of an acting programme on the cognitive functioning and quality of life for elderly people in …

By | 10 April 2014 |

Arts education can help with students' maths ability

This research was conducted by Katharine Smithrim and Rena Upitis

Summary

This paper sets out the results of a major research project examining the impact of the Learning Through the Arts (LTTA) programme in Canada. The LTTA is a model of arts education where professional artists develop a multi-year curriculum of …

By | 10 April 2014 |

After-school arts programmes can increase the educational attainment of 'at-risk' students

This research was conducted by Trinetia Respress and Ghazwan Lutfi at Florida A&M University, USA [Now at Tennessee State University, USA]

Summary

This paper reports the results of an after-school arts programme in Florida. It attempted to develop the attainment of 'at-risk' African American students. The authors claim that the usual …

By | 10 April 2014 |

The arts help children with special educational needs

This research was conducted by Christine Y. Mason, Kathlyn M. Steedly and Mary S. Thormann at Mason & Associates, VSA Arts and Educational Links International, USA

Summary

This paper looks at the role of arts education in the life of children with special educational needs. The researchers conducted 34 focus groups …

By | 10 April 2014 |

Dance can help improve young children’s social skills

This research was conducted by Yovanka B. Lobo and Adam Winsler at George Mason University, USA

Summary

The paper reports the results of an experiment in the US where young children from low-income families participated in a creative dance programme. When compared with a control group, the children in the dance …

By | 10 April 2014 |

Theatre and performance can improve the social skills of 'at-risk' youth

This research was conducted by Robin Wright, Lindsay John, Ramona Alaggia, and Julia Sheel at McGill University and the University of Toronto, Canada [Now at the University of Windsor, Canada]

Summary

The paper reports the results of a substantial evaluation of a national arts education programme in Canada. The results suggest …

By | 10 April 2014 |

Calculating the economic value of a museum

This research was conducted by Timo Tohmo at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Summary

This study attempted to find the economic value of a museum to its local population. The museum in questions was the Museum of Central Finland in the town of Jyväskylä. The research used the economic techniques …

By | 10 April 2014 |

The economic impact of music festivals is determined by size and location

This research was conducted by Melville Saayman and Andrea Saayman at North-West University, South Africa

Summary

This paper examined the economic impact of arts festivals in South Africa and found that the size of the economic impact was related to the size and location of the town hosting the event. This …

By | 10 April 2014 |