Image source: artscouncil.org.uk

Image source: artscouncil.org.uk

Not many people appreciate the importance of culture and the pursuit of the arts. Some may believe that pursuing an art degree or making a career out of it is often not the most practical choice. But a growing number of people have been benefiting from the arts and culture economy. In fact, countries that have invested in them have seen increased revenues and generated more jobs for their people. For this reason, supporting the arts and culture scene despite economic uncertainties may be more beneficial to the greater public.

Attract locals and international travelers. Having vibrant arts and culture environment can attract not just tourists but locals as well. This could create a vibe or identity that people would travel for to see. Local businesses can benefit from the revenues travelers could bring not to mention it could also generate more jobs for the people in the community. More importantly, it will showcase the artworks and unique culture of the place.

Enjoy the intangible effects. It is hard to put a monetary value on happiness. More than the economic benefits that arts and culture bring there is also the intangible value like stress relief, improved mood, and better outlook in life. People who have access to places where they can enjoy the arts are more likely to experience their positive effects.

Build a place where people would want to live. Arts and entertainment districts as well as cultural or historical neighborhoods not only can be sources of pride for communities. They can also be among those places that people would want to live in. Arts districts can likewise be a bastion for creativity. It would encourage not just artists but also people from all walks of life to stay in areas where they have beautiful places to see or hang out.

Create events everyone can enjoy. Entertainment events and cultural festivals can draw people not just from outside the community. It can also become major gatherings for community members to congregate and enjoy.