How do we understand the value of the arts?

We may love art for how it makes us feel, appreciate the tourism draw of the arts or build creativity.

This research examines how the arts impact publicly and privately: Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts by Kevin F. McCarthy, Elizabeth H. Ondaatje, Laura Zakaras, and Arthur Brooks.

The study, commissioned by The Wallace Foundation, offers a new framework for understanding the value of the arts, one that recognizes how both intrinsic and instrumental benefits contribute to the public realm and underscores the central role of intrinsic benefits in generating all arts benefits. The authors also examine how such benefits are generated through different kinds of arts experiences and call for policies designed to engage more Americans in the arts.