Community theatre enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts. Economic impacts are perhaps the most widely touted benefits of the arts. The literature on economic impact studies of the arts tends to fall into two categories: on the one hand, advocacy studies based on quick appraisals that often exaggerate the impact of the arts On the other hand are more rigorous studies which, overtime, show increasing methodological refinement.
The arts attract investments: By improving a community’s image, people may feel more confident about investing in that community. So for example, people might be more likely to buy property in an area that they feel is “up-and coming” because of the presence of the arts. Or, banks may be more likely to lend to businesses in areas perceived as more secure and stable, and so on. One problem with determining the impact of the arts is distinguishing between revenue from locals verses revenue from tourists, and among the latter determining the extent to which the arts drew them to visit the community.
The arts are good for individuals take many forms. The arts have been said to improve health, mental well-being, cognitive functioning, creative ability and academic performance. The arts improve individual health. Either engaging in creative activity or simply attending some kind of artistic event appears to improve physical health. This could be due in part to its ability to relieve stress. Also, arts engagement widens and strengthens social bonds, which also improves health therefore when people are this way they will act calmer and less stressed on work situations, or any situation for that matter for having a better mental well-being.
The arts improve skills, cultural capital and...
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