Toward a new understanding of the social impact of the arts
Ramsey White, Tabitha and Rentschler, Ruth 2005, Toward a new understanding of the social impact of the arts, in AIMAC 2005 : Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Arts & Cultural Management, HEC, Montreal, Montreal, Quebec.
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Australia was pivotal in placing empirical study of the social impact of the arts on the map, and yet, a lack of continued robust research has meant that it no longer holds this place. Despite a general acceptance within the arts and health industries that the arts can have positive social impacts, there is little robust evidence to prove this. This paper reviews existing research, finding three primary debates around meaning, methodology, and mastery. This paper recommends a holistic approach to arts impact studies that juxtapose the social and intrinsic impacts. This paper is part of a larger research project into the impact of the arts that will redeem Australia’s place as leaders in social impact of the arts studies.
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