Understanding the Value of Arts & Culture

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Title: Understanding the Value of Arts & Culture – The AHRC Cultural Value Project

Authors: Geoffrey Crossick and Patrycja Kaszynska

Publisher: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Year: 2016

Publisher's presentation: The Cultural Value project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, looked into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have.

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.

Understanding the Value of Arts and Culture 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. 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 authors of the report have also drawn on a wide range of literature from the UK and internationally. The result is among the most extensive, wide-ranging and challenging of attempts to grasp the difference to individuals, society and the economy that engagement with arts and culture makes.