How Art Works. Please read this interesting post. I think this is so important for all of us.

The Creativity Guru

The U.S. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has just released a report titled “How Art Works.” It announces a new five-year research agenda, to analyze the benefits of the arts to society–individual benefits, community benefits, and economic benefits. The core of the report is a new “system map” (see graphic below), and each research project will focus on one or more of the components in the system.

The system map reflects several key assumptions guiding the research project:

  • Arts engagement is at the heart of how art works.
  • The raw fuel needed to keep the system going is the human impulse to create and express.
  • Benefits can accrue separately to individuals and communities.
  • Arts engagement makes important contributions to the capacity for a society to invent and express itself.

Arts engagement is at the center of the system. Everything revolves around people and communities engaging with the arts. If there’s…

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