Read about the practical value of art—and why it should be available to all.
Art is a necessity—not a luxury. The benefits of art and culture are vast and measurable. You profit from having art in your community—even if you don't enjoy it.
Reducing Crime & Littering
Public art reduces crime and littering. This isn't a radical new idea. When people are proud of where they live they invest in their surroundings. They treat their hometown better. This is part of why I give away street art in Leominster!!
The 'broken windows theory ' also illuminates why public art reduces crime and littering.
A Lively City
Local art creates culture and engagement. It makes a city come to life! It's what makes a house a home; What makes a street a neighborhood. This is priceless.
Don't Enjoy Art?
You still benefit from it. The people around you are stronger and that makes you stronger.
Economic Benefits of Art
My favorite stat here:
Adding 100 jobs in the arts creates 62 jobs elsewhere.
Infographic by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). These stats are from report #3 of this research also by NEA.
Art As Therapy
I use my art to help me beat depression too. It's thought that mentally ill people are drawn to creative activities because they're so therapeutic!
Mental health is a big issue right now. This is one solution. And it works even if you're not diagnosed with something. Get to it!
Art: Necessity or Luxury?
Tell me in the comments!