The following notes accompany our feature article Everything We Know About Whether and How the Arts Improves Lives, published on December 19, 2016: Methodology for Rating Evidence We use the following definitions for placement on the graph and for describing benefits in the document. Does the evidence indicate that the benefit exists? Yes: the majorityRead More
The research could still use an upgrade in many areas. But what we know so far should cheer any arts advocate.
A review of the literature on the health benefits of active arts participation among older adults ages 60 and older in good general health.
In fact, the best evidence we have of the arts’ impact is that they make older adults feel better.
A study from Vanderbilt’s Curb Center makes a case for the benefits of active arts participation.
This article identifies seven domains of quality of life shared across many indexes. But where is culture?
While there seems to be a general consensus that quality of life consists of both subjective and objective components, there is greater ambivalence about the meaning of wellbeing.
A concept that’s been making the rounds in other fields for decades provides fresh ideas about how to think about the benefits of the arts.
The following end notes accompany our article, “Part of Your World: On the Arts and Wellbeing,” published on August 31, 2015:  For his part, Sen has written a stirring defense of incorporating cultural considerations into international development policy, although his essay does not dwell on explicit connections to the capability approach.  Createquity isRead More
As noted in our last update, we’re working on an investigation of the relationship between arts participation and economic disadvantage. Since February, we’ve made some additional progress in the course of preparing our first feature article on this topic. We’ve reviewed five new sources and also done “deeper dives” on five of the publications thatRead More