Government seeks evidence for positive impact of arts and culture on health and communities

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee is asking for evidence and case studies that can help prove the positive impact of arts, cultural activities and sport on health, community and education. The Committee invites evidence from the public, organisations and others with relevant expertise, on the questions to think about below, by 22 February 2018.

The Committee will focus on five major themes: social mobility, health, crime reduction, education, community engagement and diversity. 

Alongside funding from Arts Council England and other government bodies, these sorts of projects are largely run by charities and private organisations. Often projects are delivered in isolation rather than in partnership with public bodies which could extend their reach and influence. The inquiry would seek to draw the Government’s attention to the importance of these activities and ‘join up’ currently separated departmental efforts.

Questions to think about:

  • Which programmes best demonstrate the positive social impact that participating in sport and culture can have on the five central themes of this inquiry?
  • How can access to cultural and sporting professions be improved to enable greater diversity? How can the Government build a pipeline of talent?
  • Why has the Government not co-ordinated its efforts more effectively?
  • Where are the examples of departmental best practice and how could it be shared?
  • Has the sport sector been better for social mobility than the arts? If so, why?
  • How can museums, galleries and other cultural venues boost access and social impact? .

Evidence can be submitted via the evidence portal.

Each submission should:

  • be no more than 3,000 words in length
  • be in Word format with as little use of colour or logos as possible
  • have numbered paragraphs

Further information regarding submitting evidence to Committees can be found here.

Image from Freedom Festival at Hull City of Culture 2017

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