Other social impacts of arts and culture

This section collates all the research relating to the impact of arts and culture that cannot be fitted into the other categories on CultureCase. This section comprises a small number of studies looking at diverse themes including the role of arts and culture on crime reduction, social cohesion and social mobility.

The summaries in this category are:

Understanding how movement synchrony shapes infants’ choices

This research was conducted by Bahar Tunçgenç, Emma Cohen and Christine Fawcett at the University of Oxford, UK and Uppsala University, Sweden
Summary
Although coordinated movements enable early social interactions, little is known about the effect of movement synchrony throughout human development. This paper reports on a study of infants’ preferences […]

By |16 February 2017|

Group music training improves children’s pro-social skills

This research was conducted by E. Glenn Schellenberg, Kathleen A. Coriggall, Sebastian P. Dys and Tina Malti at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

Summary
This study investigated whether group music training in early childhood is associated with improved pro-social skills. The researchers followed 38 Canadian eight- and nine-year olds over […]

By |14 January 2016|

Provoking debate through community arts

This research was conducted by Margaret Kelaher, and five others at the University of Mebourne (and elsewhere), Australia.
Summary
The arts play a central role in civic dialogue, providing space for audience members and performers to reflect on personal experiences, learn about community issues, and pursue social change. Yet, for community […]

By |7 August 2015|

Understanding music-making as an act of civic engagement

This research was conducted by Samuel Byrd at Hunter College, City University of New York, USA.
Summary
In interviews with immigrant musicians at concerts and festivals, the author found that music making becomes political through both social and physical processes. It creates opportunities to understand, assess, and debate the political challenges […]

By |5 August 2015|

Concert-going is related to increased civic engagement

This research was conducted by Donald J. Polzella and Jeremy S. Forbis at the University of Dayton, Ohio.
Summary
This paper investigated whether attending arts events – specifically, jazz, opera, or classical music concerts – made people more civically engaged. The authors found that those who attended these concerts were almost twice […]

By |3 August 2015|

(Re)constructing identity using contemporary visual art

This research was conducted by Andrew Newman, Anna Goulding and Chris Whitehead at Newcastle University, UK
Summary
This paper looked at the responses of people to a contemporary art exhibition and their involvement in activity relating to it. In particular the research examined how people talked about art in relation to their identities. […]

By |16 March 2015|

Reading fiction is related to developing empathic skills

This research was conducted by P. Matthijs Bal and Martijn Veltkamp at VU University Amsterdam and FrieslandCampina, Deventer, The Netherlands
Summary
This study reports two experiments designed to measure changes in readers’ empathic skills over one week by getting participants to read either fiction or non-fiction writing. In the fiction groups, […]

By |11 December 2014|

Arts organisations have a key role in promoting cultural inclusion

This research was conducted by Fara Azmat, Yuka Fujimoto, and Ruth Rentschler at Deakin University, Australia
Summary
This paper highlights the role of Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) in the promotion of cultural inclusion in Australia.  The paper emphasises the importance of cultural inclusion in a multicultural society and the potential of the […]

By |11 December 2014|

Arts participation can enhance civil society

This research was conducted by Kelly Leroux and Anna Bernadska at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Summary
This study examines the effect that arts attendance and participation have on three dimensions of civil society: civic engagement, social tolerance, and way people think about others. Researchers found that individuals who […]

By |11 December 2014|

Youth theatre provides a space for young people to gain skills they need to succeed

This research was conducted by Jenny Hughes and Karen Wilson at the University of Manchester

Summary
This paper presents the findings of a study of youth theatre.  The paper explores some key questions around the impact of taking part in youth theatre on young people’s personal and social development. Overall they […]

By |11 December 2014|