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The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review

This English literature review was intended as a summary of “the strength of the evidence base between 2010–13 about the economic, social, health and wellbeing, education, lifelong learning and environmental impacts and outcomes of arts and culture in England”. Based on the 90 reports examined, the literature review found that the “arts and culture play an important role in promoting social and economic goals through local regeneration, attracting tourists, the development of talent and innovation, improving health and wellbeing, and delivering essential services”. more >

Making a Holistic Case for the Arts

Canadian Evidence regarding the Relationship between the Arts and the Quality of Life, Well-being, Health, Education, Society, and the Economy more >

Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material

The Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material outlines principles and standards to assist Australia’s public collecting institutions when acquiring cultural material by purchase, gift, bequest or exchange. The guide outlines ethical considerations and legal obligations that apply to collecting institutions and provides guidance on transparency and accountability measures. Sections of the guide may also apply to cultural material being considered for inward loan. The Australian Best Practice Guide to Collecting Cultural Material has been developed by the Ministry for the Arts in consultation with all states and territories and cultural heritage experts. more >

Weathering the Storm

The Canada Council’s director for the past eight years, Robert Sirman, looks back at troubled times for the arts. more >

Arts Impact Alberta 2014: Ripples from the Arts Sector report

Arts Impact Alberta 2014: Ripple Effects from the Arts Sector, provides an update to the original Arts Impact Alberta report creating a comprehensive seven-year snapshot of the impacts and activities of the organizations that receive operational funding from the AFA. more >

Reflections on the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts Honiara, Solomon Islands, 1–14 July 2012

The 11th Festival of Pacific Arts (FOPA) featured delegates from 22 Island nations in Oceania as well as Taiwan and Australia. The festival theme was 'Culture in harmony with nature', and the event attracted over 3,000 visitors along with an audience of several thousan Solomon Islanders. more >

Measuring Cultural Engagement amid Confounding Variables

At the beginning of June 2014, the U.S.A.'s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Cultural Value Project of the U.K.'s Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) convened a two-day symposium to bring together leading researchers and practitioners from both countries--as well as from other parts of Europe, Australia, and Canada--to conduct a "reality check" on the landscape of cultural participation metrics. The goals of the event was to probe our assumptions about how and why we measure public involvement in arts and culture, to confront any orthodoxies in how cultural participation is reported, and to chart a path toward more durable and meaningful measurement. The symposium identified some pressing research questions and opportunities. more >

Healthy Attendance: The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life in Scotland 2013

This brief Scottish report highlighted the statistical relationship between cultural attendance, active participation in culture or sports, and health and life satisfaction based on findings from the 2010/11 Scottish Household Survey, which interviewed nearly 10,000 Scottish adults. more >

Transforming Communities through the Arts

Based on a two-year research process, this study attempted to “gain a better understanding of how residents engage with the arts at a community level, explore barriers to arts access, and identify ways to strengthen local arts engagement”. The study’s 17 researchers made “300 connections” including interviews, focus groups, and surveys with 191 “residents, artists, arts groups and social service organizations” in three Toronto neighbourhoods: Malvern, St. James Town, and Weston Mount Dennis. Each of the neighbourhoods has a significant number of children and youth and a relatively high proportion of new immigrants. Because of their socio-economic challenges, these neighbourhoods “have been targeted for community development initiatives”. more >

Cultural trends

With less than three weeks to go until the Scottish Independence Referendum, debate rages over how a government of an independent Scotland might chose to execute its potential new found autonomy. However, there are of course areas of policymaking over which the Scottish Government has had power over since devolution - cultural policy being one of them. So as thoughts inevitably turn to the future, it is also worth looking back and considering how a devolved Scottish Government has made use of the powers it already has.    more >

On the ground and in the know

The Victoria-Asia Cultural Engagement report 2013.  more >

United Nations Creative Economy Report 2013 Special Edition

The special edition of the Report focuses on creative economy at the local level in developing countries. It is co-published by UNESCO and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the UN Office for South South Co-operation. The Report is organized in two volumes: a policy report and a web-documentary that brings to life cases and trends, and opportunities and challenges of creative economy on the ground. more >

National Arts and Health Framework

The Framework has been developed to enhance the profile of arts and health in Australia and to promote greater integration of arts and health practice and approaches into health promotion, services, settings and facilities. more >

Culture & Development No.11 World Heritage in the Caribbean

The results of the Second Periodic Report on the State of World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean were presented at the 37th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Phnom Penh (Cambodia), in June 2013. more >

Understanding the value and impacts of cultural experiences

The Arts Council wants arts and culture to reach more people, but we also want to increase the depth and quality of their cultural experience. But do we understand what people actually value from their experience of arts and culture. more >

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