ENYAN Research supports theory that arts ‘can heal society’

Engagement in the arts could be key to countering cultural and political divisions in the UK, according to a new study.

Research, co-ordinated by psychologists at the University of Kent, shows that arts engagement can act as a catalyst that fosters social co-operation and bridges divisions in society.

The authors conclude that substantial social and economic gains can flow when arts investment is targeted at making cultural opportunities more widely available and doesn’t just benefit the wealthy.

They said: “Fostering a society in which engagement in the arts is encouraged and accessible to all may provide an important counter to economic, cultural, and political fracture and division.”

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