WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ART IN A COMMUNITY?
The arts industry attracts tourism dollars—today's fastest growing economic market in the country. Cultural tourism is the leading reason cited by travelers for visiting a community.
The arts encourage the expression, refinement and exchange of ideas and strengthen democracy. People enjoy the vibrancy associated with the arts, increasing the desirabilty of a place to live. The arts provide a medium by which social capital, or a diverse sense of community, is enabled. They also help cultural groups explore and build on their heritage and share that heritage with others. Arts activities help family members share positive experiences, discover new talents and ideas, and grow together.
High-tech industry leaders seek employees who possess the skills provided by an arts education, because these skills have been proven to increase cognitive development; inspire motivation and discipline; develop confidence and inventiveness; and hone communication and problem-solving skills.