The Importance of Art

“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein

 
 
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Florida Arts & Well being Indicators Project

Participating in the arts is good for you! Analyses were conducted at the county and state levels by the Center for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida. "With an oversampling at the state level, our findings indicate a predicted influence of arts participation on physical and mental health. Those who participated in the arts were more likely to rate their mental health, physical health and quality of life positively, compared to those who do not participate. Additionally, it seems that arts participation may be a better indicator of mental health outcomes than of physical outcomes. Cross-sectionally, higher scores for global physical and mental health, as well as flourishing, were found for those who participate in the arts. After adjusting for potential confounders, we found a strong association between the arts contributing to personal quality of life with participation in the arts."

 
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The Importance of Art in Child Development

School curriculum in the United States has concentrated on common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.

 
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Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts Report

This Creative Industries: Business & Employment in the Arts report provides a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts in Lake County, FL. The creative industries are composed of arts businesses that range from nonprofit museums, symphonies, and theaters to for-profit film, architecture, and design companies. Arts businesses and the creative people they employ stimulate innovation, strengthen America's competitiveness in the global marketplace, and play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. In a global economy, the creative industries are durable and enduring local employers.