CULTURAL VALUES PROJECT
Building on the 70 original pieces of work funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and selectively drawing on other existing evidence, this new report from the Cultural Values Project provides an attempt to bring together what is know about the difference made by arts and culture and to consider what frameworks, approaches and methodologies are most suited to the task of capturing cultural value. (click on the Cultural Tape below for the full report) More specifically, the Report sheds new light on a number of areas where research shows arts and culture to make a difference. These include:
- Personal reflectiveness and empathy, illustrated by case studies of the role of arts and culture in the criminal justice system and their place in supporting professional and informal carers;
- The relationship between arts and culture in producing engaged citizens, more active in voting and volunteering, and more willing to articulate alternatives and fuel a broader political imagination;
- A critical assessment of the widespread use of arts and cultural interventions to help peace-building and healing after armed conflict, including civil conflict such as that in Northern Ireland;
- Whether the role of small-scale arts in generating healthy urban communities might be more important for the health of towns than large-scale culture-led regeneration projects;
- The ways in which arts and culture feeds into the creative industries, supports the innovation system and attracts talent and investment to places;
- The contribution of arts and culture to addressing key health challenges such as mental health, an ageing population and dementia.
Eirwen has blended a traditional storytelling style with personal commentary to produce an entertaining perspective on a life changing health issue. More details by clicking on the green socks.