Neighbourhood impacts of arts and culture

Neighbourhood impacts of arts and culture include the degree to which people feel they live in a vibrant area as a result of a concentration of cultural assets, the way in which neighbourhoods rely on culture to provide links between residents and communities, and the ways in which culture has been used to regenerate areas of towns and cities.

The summaries in this category are:

Cultural amenities attract highly skilled workers

This research was conducted by Oliver Falck and three others at the University of Munich and other universities

Summary

This research looked at German data to demonstrate that cultural amenities play an important role in attracting highly skilled workers to a location. This leads to yet more highly skilled people moving ...

By | 19 November 2018 |

Participatory art projects can be catalysts for developing community

This research was conducted by Seana S. Lowe at the University of Colorado, USA

Summary

Calculating the value of community arts projects is a tricky task. In an attempt to better understand the impact such projects can have on participants, this paper looked in detail at two initiatives that took place ...

By | 28 August 2018 |

The creative dividend of diversity

This research was conducted by Silvia Cerisola at Politecnico di Milan, Italy

Summary

This paper reports on the ‘propensity’ of a region to be creative and the socio-economic characteristics affecting the different types of creative specialisation that occur in a location, specialisations such as artistic, scientific and economic. The study uses ...

By | 10 August 2018 |

The relationship between arts and gentrification

This research was conducted by Carl Grodach at Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Nicole Foster and James Murdoch III at the University of Texas Arlington, USA

Summary

The fine arts, such as the performing arts, museums and art schools have long been considered to have a positive association with neighbourhood ...

By | 20 July 2018 |

The impact of jazz festivals

This research was conducted by Emma Webster and George McKay at the University of East Anglia

Summary

The UK is home to an estimated 200 jazz festivals. In an assessment of the literature around these diverse events, this research highlights their manifold impacts: from catalysing economic growth through to expanding social ...

By | 26 March 2018 |

Urban culture strategies don’t work in rural areas

This study was conducted by Jørn Cruickshank at the University of Agder, Norway

Summary

This study examined two villages in the Sedestal region of Norway (Bykle and Valle) and describes the outcomes of the different cultural planning strategies used in both areas. Bykle has experienced remarkably stronger demographic and economic growth ...

By | 27 February 2017 |

The adverse effects of art-led regeneration

This research was conducted by Jonathan Ward at the University of Leeds, UK

Summary

The seaside town of Margate, South East England, has undergone a substantial art-led regeneration, with the intention of transforming it into a creative and interactive place. This has led to greatly increased cultural activity and attracted many ...

By | 30 May 2016 |

Cultural mega-events can adversely affect local residents

This research was conducted by Lasse Steiner, Bruno Frey and Simone Hotz at the University of Zurich, Switzerland

Summary

This paper looked at what happens to people when their region hosts the European Capital of Culture (ECOC). Such events often involve a great deal of public investment, a programme of activity ...

By | 22 February 2016 |

What aging facilities mean for performances and audiences

This research was conducted by Geoffrey Propheter at the New York City Independent Budget Office, USA

Summary

Many Americans (almost one quarter in 2013) attend popular music concerts, making them an important amenity for communities. There are also wider benefits to the area: civic pride, local jobs and income. For this ...

By | 8 February 2016 |

Living near museums and galleries is important for overall cultural engagement

This research was conducted by Orian Brook at the University of Stirling, UK

Summary

A great deal of research has shown how cultural engagement is shaped by education, social class and ethnicity. However, much less attention has been given to the accessibility and appeal of cultural facilities themselves. This paper used ...

By | 1 February 2016 |