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.

 

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Art in public spaces in Lebanon: A research project and tool guide on the legal and administrative challenges and opportunities.
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.
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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.
Geoliane A.
As the participants arrived at the venue for the IETM Meeting in Beirut, on the morning of October 6th, 2016, a friend whispers to my ear: “You look like you are celebrating.” I smiled in approval and went on with what I had at hand without giving her remark much thought.
©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.
Elenq
David Bowie virtually invented it. Madonna was the mistress of it. Reinvention. Publicly peeling away layers of identity revealing personae of varying degrees of style and substance. It’s what many artists do as a matter of course, a process of regeneration. Similarly, reinvention has been a project of the arts more broadly. Over the last decade-and-a-half, the arts has recreated itself as an industry, a community, an ecology, a profession and a sector, sometimes wearing elements of all these costumes simultaneously in an effort to remain relevant. But it has struggled to apply its...
supporter of Donald Trump - photo credit: AP/Matt Rourke (source: Salon.com)
Elena DI FEDERICO
At one point during the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton suggested that half of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged in “a basket of deplorables” which she described as consisting of “the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic – you name it.” Whether such “deplorables” are really half in the Trump camp or not, they have indeed reached a critical mass across the world - and many of the features that the “deplorables” share are “cultural”.
picture: Elena Di Federico, IETM
Elena DI FEDERICO
Cultural leadership and crossroads: with such fascinating words in mind I landed in sunny Malta, hoping to learn a lot and to get some refreshing views from the truly international group of speakers in the programme of the 7th World Summit on Arts and Culture 2016 in Malta...
Olof
The UNESCO makes a strong case for systematically fostering culture in city planning in its new “Global Report, Culture: Urban Future,” launched on October 18 at the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador. The report complements the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which aims to ensure “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable human settlements and cities” around the globe.
jesus.carnerero
As the IETM Satellite Meeting in Beruit is underway, Raphael Khouri's story about being unable to tell people about a queer Arab play she directed is incredibly timely and important.– Geoliane Arab.

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