Value of Arts

Today's world is obsessed with measuring the impact of every field of public (subsidised) activity. Does your project entail spending public money? Then be prepared to justify its value with numbers and facts.

While numerous studies reveal the power of culture in driving economic growth and creating jobs, it is difficult to quantify the intangible impacts of arts.

 

Salzburg Global Seminar
Elenq
The role of the arts and cultural sector and resilience is being discussed by Salzburg Global Seminar at the session The Art of Resilience: Creativity, Courage, and Renewal. Fellows at this session have a vast amount of experience in their fields. Here are a few of their thoughts.
fbittencourt
A systematic literature review of contributions to the arts and cultural sector which have appeared in accounting journals shows that the evaluation of the artistic performance of publicly funded arts organizations is not a purely procedural and technical issues relating to the production of better performance information, but it is above all a substantive and political one relating to the nature of the arts and the function of publicly funded arts organizations in individual communities and in society in general.
Elenq
Culture has the power to make cities more prosperous, safer and sustainable, according to UNESCO's Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Urban Development ‘Culture: Urban Future’, launched this year in Quito (Ecuador) on the occasion of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Development (Habitat III). The Report recommends building on culture as a sustainable resource for inclusive economic and social development for cities.
Marta
Since leaving multi-arts venue Rich Mix a few months ago, I’ve been reflecting on what I learned over my six years there and how some of the things we take for granted in the arts are not always as they seem. Coming into the industry from a local government background I brought a fair few pre-conceived notions with me that time, experience and data have now put to rest.
Elenq
"Institutions have to become representative of the soul of Europe. A Europe without a soul, without a clear vocabulary and modern mission is the tragedy of the European project as it stands. A Europe without culture is a Europe without identity, a cold construct, detached from its people, its particularities and its collective aspirations." A personal point of view on the European project by Philippe Kern, MD KEA European Affairs.
jesus.carnerero
City Shadows is a project initiated by Mahatat for contemporary art in the 2015 Idea Camp and it is supported by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) and the Drosos Foundation. This toolkit is a part of a series of publications that document Mahatat’s practices and experimentations in transforming public spaces through art interventions. Through exploring numerous unused spaces, both abandoned and inaccessible to inhabitants of Egypt’s cities, the project aims to tackle a problem faced by youth and independent artists alike: the difficulty to find spaces to express their views and showcase...
blog.chemonics.com
Elenq
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” isn’t a new addition in the realm of development goals. It follows on the heels of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3, which sought to “promote gender equality and empower women.”
Elenq
The nature of cultural policy is changing with a greater focus on citizen involvement and bottom-up approaches, backed by the profound premise of culture’s role in democracy. There is, however, a scarcity of sound empirical evidence, proven measurement tools and applied policy analysis in this field, despite the increased demand for evidence-based policy-making.
Alfred Statler/NYT
Marta
It is expected that art in periods of political polarization or extremism will become more explicitly political, that it will become “engaged,” actively commenting on world affairs, a form of protest or action. That is what a great many people are asking of art in the West, and particularly in the United States, after the surprising election.
©Jenny Holzer
Elenq
On the night of Nov. 8, I was preparing to write about Artists for Hillary, the group recruited by HRC’s campaign to use art to advocate for and eventually celebrate America’s first female president. Among them are artists Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae Weems and Maya Lin.

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