Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts

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During the past decade, arts advocates have relied on an instrumental approach to the benefits of the arts in arguing for support of the arts. This report evaluates these arguments and asserts that a new approach is needed. This new approach offers a more comprehensive view of how the arts create private and public value, underscores the importance of the arts?' intrinsic benefits, and links the creation of benefits to arts involvement.

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About the author (2001)

* Kevin F. McCarthy (Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin) is a senior social scientist at RAND who has led studies on the arts, immigration, and demographic issues..

* Elizabeth H. Ondaatje (Master of Philosophy, International Relations, Cambridge University) is a policy analyst at RAND who works on both national security and domestic issues.

* Laura Zakaras (M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington English) is a communications analyst, RAND Santa Monica, CA

* Arthur C. Brooks (PhD (Public Policy Analysis), The RAND Graduate School,) is a consultant at RAND.

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