5 Benefits of Arts and Culture

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If you can count on one hand the number of times you've gone to a museum you're missing out. The enriching world of culture is there to be enjoyed. The benefits are not as tangible as, say how exercising will help you drop 10 pounds, but the rewards are undeniable. The benefits of arts and culture are profound.

Arts and culture Connects You To Humanity And The community You Live In

By taking in a culture that focuses on the elements we contend with such as poverty, racism, etc. We gain an understanding of humanity. And because of this, arts and culture can help break down boundaries.

Arts and culture Improves The Community You Live In

People who engage in the arts and culture are the ones who help communities thrive. Says a 2006 study conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts. People with an interest in the arts are more likely to volunteer and attend sporting activities. And that it's a reflection of being a civic- and socially-minded citizen. I myself support children's charities by donating items to be auctioned.

Culture Can Help Feed And Develop Your Perspective

It's very easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of day to day life we have to contend with. By exposing ourselves to culture, we remove ourselves from this same old, same old routine. And get out of our comfort zones, altering our perspective. Reading a straightforward account of a moment in history will expand your knowledge of the cold, hard facts. But often taking it a cultural interpretation of it may make you more open and receptive to receiving the information. And it may allow you to better understand the depth and emotions that are part of it. The message can become more real and more tangible when presented in a different form. I hope through my art you can see and appreciate Vancouver differently.

Culture Helps You Express Yourself

By participating in culture and different forms of art, you broaden the ways in which you can express yourself. It frees and opens up your way of thinking so even if you're not actively creating art. Also your ability to convey information and communicate with others is enriched.

Culture Reduces Stress Levels

Regardless of your income level or education, taking in the arts can have benefits. It is linked to being more satisfied with your life. Says a study published last year in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. However, the study revealed differences when it came to men and women. Men experience greater boosts in mood and health when partaking in culture passively. For example, going to a museum or a concert. Women experienced an improvement in mood when participating in culture in a more active way. By creating art or playing a musical instrument. If you are looking for places to find culture and art check out this list from the City of Vancouver.

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