Does Art Matter? | Samantha Boardman MD

February 13, 2015 10:12 PM

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Does Art Matter? | Samantha Boardman MD

One way to measure the value of an arts organization is to measure its economic impact. How many people attended a performance? How are businesses doing in the area? How much money does an exhibition make? These "butts in seats" questions measure extrinsic value but they miss the intrinsic value of how we actually experience art and how it moves us.

The intellectual, social, emotional, and empathetic value of a piece of art may be hard to measure but are undeniable. A recent study found that students who visited an art museum demonstrated greater knowledge, critical thinking and empathy than those who didn't. Research also shows there are major...

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