Keyword: civic

Establishing a European-style 'culture house' may boost elite culture at the expense of community arts

This research was conducted by Hanna Nyborg Storm at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Summary

This research looked at the impact of 52 ‘culture houses’ in Norwegian municipalities. These are high-profile anchor institutions which support (and act as the venue for) a mix of art forms. Specifically, the research aimed to find …

Understanding music-making as an act of civic engagement

This research was conducted by Samuel Byrd at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA.

Summary

In interviews with immigrant musicians at concerts and festivals, the author found that music making becomes political through both social and physical processes. It creates opportunities to understand, assess, and debate the political challenges …

By | 5 August 2015 |

Concert-going is related to increased civic engagement

This research was conducted by Donald J. Polzella and Jeremy S. Forbis at the University of Dayton, Ohio.

Summary

This paper investigated whether attending arts events – specifically, jazz, opera, or classical music concerts – made people more civically engaged. The authors found that those who attended these concerts were almost twice as …

By | 3 August 2015 |

Arts participation can enhance civil society

This research was conducted by Kelly Leroux and Anna Bernadska at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

Summary

This study examines the effect that arts attendance and participation have on three dimensions of civil society: civic engagement, social tolerance, and way people think about others. Researchers found that individuals who …

By | 11 December 2014 |