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At the Arts Council, when we talk about the value of arts and culture to society, we always start with its intrinsic value: how arts and culture can illuminate our inner lives and enrich our emotional world. This is what we cherish.

We also understand that arts and culture has a wider, more measurable impact on our economy, health and wellbeing, society and education. It’s important we also recognise this impact to help people think of our arts and culture for what they are: a strategic national resource.

The value of arts and culture to people and society – an evidence review, gathers information that shows where the impact of our work is felt, whilst also identifying any gaps to help shape future research commissions. Read the publication below or share our infographic.  

Society 
Involvement in arts and culture helps us celebrate our diverse society, and it makes us stronger, safer and more employable, together.
Find out more...  Education
Arts engagement can help children and young people in an education setting to thrive, and research shows there are both immediate and long-term benefits.
Find out more...  Economy
The economic impact of the arts and cultural sector has a tangible, lasting benefit on communities, from job creation to boosting tourism.
Find out more... Health and wellbeing 
Medial research continues to shine a light on the good arts engagement can do for our health, whether it be for a specific condition or our overall wellbeing.
Find out more...

Society 

Involvement in arts and culture helps us celebrate our diverse society, and it makes us stronger, safer and more employable, together.

Find out more... 

Education

Arts engagement can help children and young people in an education setting to thrive, and research shows there are both immediate and long-term benefits.

Find out more... 

Economy

The economic impact of the arts and cultural sector has a tangible, lasting benefit on communities, from job creation to boosting tourism.

Find out more...

Health and wellbeing 

Medial research continues to shine a light on the good arts engagement can do for our health, whether it be for a specific condition or our overall wellbeing.

Find out more...

Read the full evidence review and share your thoughts

On the right you can read the full evidence review, or if you prefer can download it as a PDF here

Please also make sure you join in the conversation: we know this review only makes up a small part of the research, data and evidence that we need to gather behind the meaning, impact and value of arts and culture in England, and we're keen to know your views.

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