The social impact of participation in culture

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MB Associates

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A contribution to the DCMS inquiry into the social impact of participation in culture, this independent report draws on evidence from a small range of key reports to identify seven key issues:
A. Engagement skills are as important as excellent art, and everyday culture and activities that are fun, are good at boosting access. Libraries make accessible hosts and communityled work particularly enhances social assets. Transport is a big barrier.
B. Creative encounters can engage people considered ‘hard to reach’ they capture attention, create appealing, experiential learning and are social (see Behavioural Insights guidance). Stewardship and assetbased approaches are a strength.

C. Placemaking is a USP, but we need to focus more explicitly on environment. Placemaking does not necessarily need newly commissioned work, but quality is important. Sense of achievement coupled with pride in product or place is a potent mix.

D. Culture contributes to learning, but shouldn’t only be valued by impact on formal education or jobs. Personal capabilities and skills that lead to hobbies are valuable.

E. Culture can create ‘flow’ and enhance mental health and personal wellbeing. It can impact isolation and relationships within families, teams, and communities but these are not necessarily compatible and relationships must be handled with care.

F. Economic impact from upstream and preventative work, with savings to the public purse must be explicit. Working with businesses for productivity is an area for economic growth.

G. The fragmented sector undermines many opportunities, not least career progression and commissionin

Link to Inquiry report

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Discussion / Debate

Context: Community

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

MB Associates. (2018). The social impact of participation in culture. UK: MB Associates.