The England Arts Council has published a study entitled "The value of arts and culture to people and society - an evidence review" that describes how culture impacts the economy, health, wellbeing, society, and education and recognizes the arts and culture as "strategic national resources."
According to the report, arts and culture have a positive impact on society. Participation in the arts can contribute to community cohesion and reduce social exclusion. There is evidence that involving children in culture improves attainment in literacy and facilitates interaction with students. In terms of the economy, the report suggests a positive impact on wealth and employment. The study concludes that participation in cultural life, especially for seniors, has a positive impact on health and well-being, particularly in terms of countering feelings of isolation.
The study is available on the website of the England Arts Council.
The mission of the England Arts Council is to develop and invest in the field of culture and the arts. It supports a wide range of artistic activities, from theatre and digital art to museums, music, and literature. It will invest £3 billion in these fields between 2010 and 2015.