Beyond the numbers

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The tendency to measure the impact of every aspect of public life also affects the sector of arts and culture. To justify spending the taxpayers’ money, we are asked to convince society and policy-makers of the value of our practices by presenting figures and statistics. Should we defend the arts’ case over and over again? Even if we don’t like it, it is in our interests to reflect on the measurable and immeasurable components of culture that go beyond the economic effects.

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