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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According to Bruno Latour, the defining cultural-political issue of our time is not the struggle between the Left and the Right, but that between the Local and the Global attractor.
Dr David Stevenson talks about audience diversification, confronts the dominant hierarchy of cultural activities, and looks to create space for valuing everyone's chosen cultural experiences the same way.
The cultural democracy notion stemmed from the belief that many cultural traditions coexist and none should dominate over the others as the “official” or “high” culture. Another premise of cultural democracy is that everyone should be free to participate in cultural life.
There is constant criticism of bodies who fund art. Artists often feel that they are speaking a different language to funders. This IETM Hull report features some concrete ideas on how funding systems could be better aligned with artists' needs.
This IETM Hull report highlights some voices reinforcing the urge to open up the art world for those who were not privileged to be part of it and to foster everyday creativity.
The arts are urgently needed to address the gap between reality and what we perceive via social media, writes Kevin Doyle, a New York-based playwright and director.
Goran Tomka looks at how arts and culture organizations can best engage with their communities.
Nan van Houte talks about the importance of creative citizens and expresses a desire for funding bodies to better support cultural democracy.
Nan van Houte parle de l'importance des citoyens créatifs et exprime son désir que les organismes de financement soutiennent davantage la démocratie culturelle.
The cynical lesson learned: once lost, the added value of municipal support is undeniable....

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