It makes an invaluable contribution to our health and wellbeing – both physically and mentally.
It inspires co-operation, collaboration, empathy and understanding. It brings people together and opens our minds to cultural diversity and social inclusion.
It can reach out to all parts of society across all parts of the country, including some of our most marginalised people.
It makes a vital contribution to all stages of our education system and to lifelong development and learning.
It helps us develop skills, our imaginations, our self-expression, and our confidence, opening us up to new experiences, improving social mobility and helping us all learn more about ourselves and others and, ultimately, making a positive contribution to Scotland’s society.
The most commonly reported benefits of taking part in creative activities are helping us to relax and making us feel good - 44% and 36% respectively - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2015
People who have attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months are almost 60 per cent more likely to report good health compared to those who have not - Healthy Attendance? The Impact of Cultural Engagement and Sports Participation on Health and Satisfaction with Life in Scotland, Scottish Government 2013
Alongside the more physical benefits of active forms of cultural activity (e.g. drama, dance) activities such as storytelling and visual art also have positive impacts on the overall health of those taking part - An Evidence Review of the Impact of Participatory Arts on Older People, Mental Health Foundation, 2011
Learning through Arts and Culture improves attainment across many other aspects of the school curriculum. Participation in structured arts activities increase cognitive abilities, and taking part in structured music activities improves attainment in maths - Key research findings: the case for cultural learning, Cultural Learning Alliance, 2011
79% of people agreed that arts education in schools is as important as science education. And 78% agreed that as much importance should be given to providing arts services as sports services. - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2015