This book argues that the arts must begin to develop a robust evidence base that underpins the unique contribution that the arts can make to society.

The arts and cultural sectors are at a crossroads. Since 1997 the range and diversity of arts provision has been extended and developed new and innovative approaches to engagement with all levels of society. All this has been supported by record increases in spending from government, local government, the Lottery and corporate donors. However, in the current financial climate tough choices will have to be made.

"The message of this report is clear: if we miss the arts, we miss the point. The arts open us to new experiences, change our world, challenge our viewpoint." - Tony Breslin, Chief Executive, Citizenship Foundation

"Putting people's experiences at the centre of research is a real challenge ... This collection proposes models to prove what service users seem to already know: art is good for you." - Paul Corry, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Rethink

"Anyone who works with prisoners knows of former serious offenders whose lives have been changed by participation in the arts. There is strong evidence that arts programmes for offenders can raise self-esteem, increase employability and reduce reoffending. This stimulating report pinpoints the need for further evaluation in this under-researched area. But the authors are rightly in no doubt about the potential of the arts to help reclaim the lives of many offenders." - Paul Cavadino, Chief Executive of Nacro

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