Arts Council England in the UK has published an examination of the impact of arts and culture on the economy, health, wellbeing, society and education. One of the most recent reports, the Value of Arts and Culture to People and Society report, reviewed the evidence already available that demonstrates the importance of arts and culture on society. The report acknowledges that most of the studies reviewed “cannot establish causality between arts and culture and the wider societal impacts”. The authors mention the need for larger sample sizes, longitudinal studies and experimental methods to further develop this research. In the last year, Arts Council England commissioned research into specific areas such as equality and diversity issues across the cultural sector, and whether arts and cultural policy disadvantages some socio-economic groups. Notably, the report identifies research gaps and lack of knowledge about the strongest drivers for participation among children and young people and highlights issues of power and representation as key areas of consideration. The full report can be accessed here.

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