Understanding the Value of Arts & Culture

January 30, 2020 by , in Society

This report presents the findings of the Cultural Value Project, one of the most in-depth attempts yet made to understand the value of the arts and culture – the difference that they make to individuals and to society. The threeyear project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has been looking into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have.

Why do the arts and culture matter? What difference do they make and how do we know what difference they make?

This report presents the outcomes of the AHRC’s Cultural Value Project which looked at how we think about the value of the arts and culture to individuals and to society. The Project had two main objectives. The first was to identify  the various components that make up cultural value. And the second was to consider and develop the methodologies
and the evidence that might be used to evaluate these components of cultural value.

This report sets out the often striking findings of the Project’s work. Some 70 original pieces of work collectively make up the Cultural Value Project – a mixture of new research, critical reviews of the literature and specialist workshops. This work has probed, challenged and advanced our thinking about how better to understand and capture the elusive phenomenon that is called ‘cultural value’.

The AHRC Cultural Value Project
Geoffrey Crossick & Patrycja Kaszynska

Marleen Spierings
Marleen Spierings, January 30, 2020
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