“This review helps us understand how others have asked or considered the question ‘what value do personal experiences of art and culture have for people?’ in the past, and to contribute towards our knowledge in this area.
The focus for the report was on academically-robust research and influential policy papers from the past twenty years. It provides a good overview of the commonly known frameworks and methodological approaches that have been used to investigate how individuals are affected by their experience of arts and culture. It also addresses value and quality from an organisational perspective: what do organisations that engage people in impactful experiences look like? How can the ‘quality’ of cultural organisations as a whole be assessed?
There are a number of other projects in the UK that aim to add to knowledge in this area, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Cultural Value Project and the Warwick Commission on the Future of Cultural Value. These projects will all help shape how we understand the value and impact of our work.”
Our aim in commissioning this review is to shed light on this debate, and to enliven it. A full picture depends on the contribution of diverse voices, and we hope readers will add theirs, to help us better understand and articulate the value and impacts of cultural experiences Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England