In most countries, whenever budget cuts have to be made, the arts are invariably threatened. And yet, the arts make up an industry with the potential to make a massive, positive impact on society. Here, then, are some of the main reasons why the arts should be supported:
1. They strengthen the economy:
While also increasing tourism, arts and cultural goods add billions to the economy and support millions of jobs.
2. Arts improve wellbeing:
Studies have found that art is uplifting and creates positive experiences. If you partake in the arts, doesn’t it make you feel happier?
3. Communities are unified:
The arts can help people to better understand other cultures. They bring communities together, regardless of age, race and gender.
4. Participation in the arts improves academic performance:
Students engaged in arts tend to have better academic results as well as lower drop-out rates. We must always remember that the arts are an essential part of a well-rounded education.
5. Arts programmes can help us to provide better healthcare:
More and more healthcare providers are implementing arts programs for patients, families and even staff members. The healing benefits of these programs are finally being acknowledged!
6. The arts have a highly beneficial social impact:
Researchers have found that a high concentration of the arts in an area is directly linked to improved social cohesion, greater civic engagement and lower poverty rates.
7. The arts allow like-minded, creative individuals to meet and connect:
By enabling people to share experiences at art shows, live performances, music or drama clubs and elsewhere, the arts provide not only entertainment but also unique opportunities for positive connection with other arts enthusiasts.
8. Participation in the arts sparks creativity and innovation:
Nowadays, business leaders are increasingly looking for creativity as a key attribute in their staff. There is a growing acknowledgment that thinking creatively and outside the box is the very foundation of the kind of innovation that drives business forward.
9. The arts can promote improved mental health:
Have you heard of art therapy? Many different kinds of art-related therapy are now available. Among these is drama therapy, which has been found to be effective in treating insomnia, PTSD and other emotional ailments.
10. Let’s end with the most obvious benefit of all. The arts are fun!:
Visit a gallery or a museum, watch a dance show, see a play or read a book. The arts offer endless opportunities for enjoyment, which – needless to say – is important in itself.