Part 1.THE POWER OF ART ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

ART AND CULTURE 
What is the value of Art in Society today.
As governments and organisations increasingly have to justify spending, the big question remains: does investment in the arts stimulate growth, or are the arts the product of economic development?
By Art, I include fine arts, performing arts with it drama, singing, choreography, film, media, and writing too. 
It is documented that Arts and culture in the US, by visiting a gallery or buying a ticket to the theatre alone generated approximately $135.2 billion and supported about 4.1 million jobs in the year 2010 alone.(Economic snapshot from “Americans for the Arts”)
Think tanks( the US Bureau of Economic Analysis .BEA) in cities are coming together to try to find some way to measure the economic impact of the Arts. They are predominantly exploring the link between the arts and job creation and also ” the happiness factor ” of the individual.
“Often the people who are attracted to the arts are highly educated and mobile. They will increase consumption. They will increase the local tax base and bring employers to the area.(Jane O Brian.BBC News)  
It makes sense that the arts alone cannot pull up an impoverished society but  there is research being made to prove that enjoying art can boost the economy. It can also stimulate the environment and attract people to want to live in those communities. Again research shows that people are smarter at work because they’re in a more creative , vibrant cultural scene.(Impressa Economics. President Joe Cortright)
Mona Brookes, art educator and psychologist, has had incredible results by bringing art into the work place, bringing the arts into the corporate world. She has impacted many fields including business men in the States seeking innovative ways of thinking. Mona has worked out the link between art and lateral thinking and creative businessmen/women. 
Without art life would be dull. Buildings would be concrete and walls bare and expressionless. 
There is something beautiful about being able to create and being able to receive a created item.
Perhaps Art is the fragrance around us to lift us up and remind us that there is hope, we all have voices and everyONEcounts.
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