Project Description

Authors:  Geoffrey Crossick & Patrycja Kaszynska


“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Pablo Picasso

We have consolidated several basic points, included in the Report “Understanding the value of arts & culture”, part of the AHRC Cultural Value Project.

The report presents the findings of the Cultural Value Project, one of the most in-depth attempts yet made to understand the value of the arts and culture – the difference that they make to individuals and to society. The three year project, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has been looking into the question of why the arts and culture matter, and how we capture the effects that they have.

  1. Particular attention is given to the ability of arts and cultural engagement to help shape reflective individuals, facilitating greater understanding of themselves and their lives, increasing empathy with respect to others, and an appreciation of the diversity of human experience and cultures.
  2. Participation in arts and culture may produce engaged citizens, promoting not only civic behaviors such as voting and volunteering, but also helping articulate alternatives to current assumptions and fuel a broader political imagination.
  3. Arts in education has been shown to contribute in important ways to the factors that underpin learning, such as cognitive abilities, confidence, motivation, problem solving and communication skills.

You can find the whole report here and learn more about the various benefits of art and culture: