The key to spreading the benefits of the arts is to engage greater numbers of Americans. To that end, attention and resources must be balanced between building the supply of the arts and cultivating demand for them.
Jan 1, 2004
The arts—from visual arts and literature to performing arts such as music, drama, and dance—provide benefits that extend beyond individual enjoyment and personal enrichment, to include exposure to new perspectives, sharpened learning skills among young people, expanded capacity for empathy, and stronger social bonds in communities. RAND studies have shown that the many benefits of arts education and involvement can be sustained and enhanced by strengthening public appreciation of humanities and the arts.