Music, Arts & Drama

How does the arts improve and strengthen communities?

“The arts impact communities.” When speaking of “the arts,” do we refer to individual participation (as audience member or direct involvement?), to the presence of arts organisations (non-profit and for-profit?) or to art/cultural districts, festivals or community arts? When speaking of “impact,” do we refer to economic, cultural or social impact; do we refer exclusively to direct community-level effects or do we also include individual- and organisational-level ones? By “communities,” do we mean regions, cities, neighbourhoods, schools or ethnic groups?

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