The arts deliver real benefits and make a difference to all our lives regardless of where we live or who we are. The arts contribute to society, the economy, our learning and education and for individuals the arts can change your mood, increase your confidence and provide sociable activities. Making, reflecting, challenging, feeling and connecting are all felt to some degree when engaging in arts.
We want East Renfrewshire to be a place where culture is valued, recognised and all people can realise their personal creativity and curiosity.
The arts deliver real benefits for individuals as well as the wider Scottish economy.
Here are just a few facts:
- 89% agree that Scotland is a creative nation - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2014
- 91% of the population has engaged with culture either by attending a cultural event or place or participating in a cultural activity - Scottish Household Survey, 2013
- 88% believe it is right that there should be public funding of arts and cultural activities in Scotland - Scottish Opinion Survey TNS, September 2014
- The Creative Industries contribute £3.7bn to the Scottish economy each year, supporting 71,800 jobs - Scottish Government Creative Industries Growth Sector Statistics, 2015
- A third of tourists are inspired to visit Scotland by our culture and heritage - VisitScotland, 2016
- Learning through Arts and Culture improves attainment across many other aspects of the school curriculum. Participation in structured arts activities increase cognitive abilities - Cultutral Learning Alliance, 2011
- People who have attended a cultural place or event in the previous 12 months are almost 60% more likely to report good health compared to those who have not - Arts Council England, 2014