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|McCarthy, K., F.; Ondaatje, E., H.; Zakaras, L., ; Brooks, A.,
|Gifts of the muse: Reframing the debate about the benefits of the arts.
McCarthy, K. F., Ondaatje, E. H., Zakaras, L., y Brooks, A. (2004). Gifts of the muse: Reframing the debate about the benefits of the arts. Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation.
|Benefits; Arts; Empirical research
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|Understanding the benefits of the arts is central to the discussion and design of policies
affecting the arts. This study addresses the widely perceived need to articulate the
private and public benefits of involvement in the arts. The findings are intended to
engage the arts community and the public in a new dialogue about the value of the
arts, to stimulate further research, and to help public and private policymakers reach
|The basis of this study was an extensive review of published sources of several kinds. First, authors reviewed the evidence for the instrumental benefits of the arts. Second, they reviewed conceptual theories from multiple disciplines they thought might provide insights about how such effects are generated, a subject largely ignored by empirical studies of the arts’ instrumental benefits. Third, authors reviewed the literature on the intrinsic effects of the arts, including works of aesthetics, philosophy, and art criticism. And finally, they reviewed the literature on participation in the arts to identify factors that give individuals access to the arts and the benefits they provide.