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:

Salamanca, Capital of Culture 2002, generated an economic impact of €701.5m

This research was conducted by Luis César Herrero, José Ángel Sanz, María Devesa, Ana Bedate and María José del Barrio at the University of Valladolid, Spain

Summary

The paper analysed a range of data to calculate the economic impact of the European Capital of Culture coming to Salamanca in the Castilla …

By | 10 April 2014 |

The artistic experience is not created for the consumer, but co-created with them

This research was conducted by Miranda Boorsma at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Summary

This paper charts the theories that have underpinned arts marketing in the last 20 years. It suggests that incorporating contemporary aesthetic philosophy could lead to a radical shift in arts marketing practice. Rather than allowing either …

By | 20 March 2014 |

Theatre programmes can increase children's maths ability

This research was conducted by Mike Fleming, Christine Merrell and Peter Tymms at the University of Durham, UK

Summary

The paper looks at a study conducted on schoolchildren who participated in the National Theatre’s ‘Transformation’ project: it took place in a deprived neighbourhood in east London and was designed to …

By | 16 March 2014 |

Singing can sustain psychological wellbeing

This research was conducted by Stephen Clift and Grenville Hancox at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK

Summary

This paper reports the results of a study of 1124 choral singers from Australia, Germany and England. The choirs varied greatly in character, make-up and repertoire. The study asked about people’s singing experiences …

By | 11 March 2014 |

Arts engagement has a positive effect on quality of life

This research was conducted by Alex C. Michalos and P. Maurine Kahlke at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Summary

This paper reports the findings of a large-scale survey that was designed specifically to measure the impact of arts engagement on the quality of life of the population of British …

By | 11 March 2014 |

Art therapy improves stroke victims' quality of life

This research was conducted by Kerry Beesley, Jennifer Helen White, Megan K. Alston, Anne L. Sweetapple and Michael Pollack at the Hunter New England Local Health Network and Area Health Service, Australia

Summary

This paper presents the results of a series of interviews conducted with people in New South Wales, Australia …

By | 11 March 2014 |

Art therapy makes dementia patients more alert and engaged

This research was conducted by Jennifer Rusted, Linda Sheppard and Diane Waller at the University of Sussex, the University of Sheffield and Goldsmiths College, University of London, UK

Summary

This paper reports an experiment designed to test the effectiveness of art therapy on older people with dementia. The study took place …

By | 11 December 2013 |

People who frequently attend cultural events tend to live longer

This research was conducted by Lars Olov Bygren, Boinkum Benson Konlaan and Sven-Erik Johansson at the University of Umea, Sweden and the Swedish Central Bureau of Statistics

Summary

By looking at a survey of people over a 10 year period the researchers were able to assess the impact of cultural engagement …

By | 9 December 2013 |

Theatre allows people to lose themselves for a moment, and find new ways of viewing the world

This research was conducted by Ben Walmsley at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK [Now at the University of Leeds, UK]

Summary

The paper looks at the intrinsic impact of theatre on its audiences. It does so in language used by audiences themselves. The research identified general themes of ‘emotion, captivation, engagement, enrichment …

By | 9 December 2013 |

An active cultural life helps people live longer

This research was conducted by Markku T. Hyyppä, Juhani Mäki, Olli Impivaara and Arpo Aromaa at the National Public Health Institute, Turku, Finland

Summary

This paper examined data from a survey from the 1970s in Finland which followed a nationally representative sample of adults (aged 30+) over a 20 year period …

By | 9 December 2013 |