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Study Highlights the Value of Art for Local Businesses and Communities

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You already knew it was true, but here's statistical proof. The arts and culture are not just fluff, they are essential foodstuff for hungry souls, and the artistic and creative presence in any community positively impacts sales and businesses in the area.

According to Artnet.com, "A new study in the UK has quantified just how much arts offerings influence people's choice to relocate or stay in a particular city. And as it turns out, the presence of arts and culture overwhelmingly affected respondents' sense of well-being and satisfaction, their attachment to a place, and their sense of community. In fact, citizens gave as much weight to the presence of culture as the presence of good schools when making a decision about where to settle."

The British study, entitled "Value of Arts and Culture in Place-Shaping," found art and culture positively impacts places in the following ways:

  • Promoting wellbeing 65% of people think that arts and culture are good for wellbeing, and 36% think arts and culture are "essential to life."
  • Attracting a variety of people to live and work in an area 44% of people who remained in an area, and 43% who moved to an area, cited arts and culture as an important factor in their decision equal to the numbers of people citing schools.
  • Helping build communities 49% of people think attending arts and cultural events helps them feel part of a community, with 68% thinking these events are very important for fostering community feeling.
  • Supporting high streets Arts and cultural organisations are helping to fill the gap left as retail moves away from high streets. (Ed. note: "High streets" is the British term for the primary business street of a town or community.) By offering unique experiences, these organisations are helping to attract visitors and increase footfall, promoting high streets as attractive places to live, work and visit.

 

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I have often seen the progression when artists move into a rough neighborhood because of cheap rent, the art brings in money, rents go up and the artists are driven out. Programs collecting 1% for art from developments are grossly insufficient. A reasonable society would well use at least 5%. We would get more public art and maybe artists would be able to afford the increased rent.

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As I think you know, my daughter in law, Andee Kinzy, brought theater arts Improved Shakespeare into a Houston home-school coop, years ago, and recently brought theater ( via "Hamlet) to youngsters across th world.


My own grandchildren, 13 year old Brant, and 16 year old Zia, ( participating in the teacher since they were 7 years old) have gained so much... not the least is the ability to speak. Here they introduce Hamlet, on their 'world tour' of Global Hamlet with Andee, and my son who was traveling on business across the world.


Zia was 12 when she played Petrucchio

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As I think you know, my daughter in law, Andee Kinzy, brought theater arts Improved Shakespeare into a Houston home-school coop, years ago. Andee, -- says recently of her project: "All of a sudden, I now introduce myself as a person with original ideas, innovative techniques, and compelling approaches invaluable to Shakespeare enthusiasts. Additionally, I discuss with lesser-known judges of Shakespeare lore. Informing them of my purpose, plus providing encouragement for their ideas, techniques, as well as approaches to matters involving the Bard of Avon."

Andee wrote this clip to introduce the concept that powers her Global Hamlet project so here is my 13 year old Brant, and 15 year old Zia, Here they introduce Hamlet,on their 'world tour' with with Andee, and my son (who was traveling on business across the world).

But ,here at age 12 is granddaughter Zia, when she played Petrucchio in The Taming of the Shrew, back in Austin. The laughter is Andee's, as Zia has a bit of fun in that part!

Neither of my grandkids have attended public school-- which once concerned me -- but reading and speaking the bard's words, they speak with an erudition that is unique in this nation. (They writes well, too" listening, speaking reading writing" whole language works when it is GENUINE!)

Brant is also inthis scene,produced in Italy. (The girl, incidentally, is Georgia, Zia's childhood best friendbut who moved to Italy with her parents, but was in Andee's theater since a young age.

Andee filmed her project GLOBAL HAMLET.

Here is a post from Bangalore: The post The Play's the Thing A Shakespeare Experience in Bangaloreappeared first on ImprovEd Shakespeare.

The post Global Hamlet with ImprovEd Shakespeare, Airola, Italy appeared first on ImprovEd Shakespeare. The Curley headed dude is my grandson Brant. Hamlet is played by a girl Georgia, who acted in Andee's theater until her family moved abroad.

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LOL they are amazing, they cracked me up!!

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