Why it is important
Arts participation, consumption and production is linked to higher well-being. Artistic practice is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, a more positive self-image, less anxiety about change, a more tolerant and open approach to diverse others. Participation in receptive and creative cultural activities is associated with good health, good satisfaction with life, low anxiety and depression. Art forms such as visual and performing arts, music etc. has been shown to decrease anxiety. Music therapy is effective in decreasing tension and reducing stress. Participatory arts projects have been observed to make a significant contribution to the health and well-being of local communities. The use of art and music reduces hospital stays. The use of art in healing processes is linked to improved medical outcomes and reduced depression.
|I am exposed to some form of art atleast 2 hours a week.|
|I have (or have access to) objects or places of beauty.|
|I participate in a creative activity atleast once a month.|
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