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One of the aims of our evidence review is to better understand the added value arts and culture give to our wider society. In our review we have come across much research which tries to capture the complex ways arts and culture impact onw ider social measures such as education and development, social inclusion, citizenship and crime. 

Some examples of our findings are:

  • high school students who engage in the arts at school are twice as likely to volunteer than those who don't engage in the arts, and are 20% more likely to volunteer as young adults
  • culture and sport volunteers are more likely to be involved and influential in their local communities
  • there is strong evidence that participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion, reduce social exclusion and isolation, and/or make communities feel safer and stronger

For more, read the full report: The value and impact of arts and culture on people and society - an evidence review

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