of organizations like El Sistema with their amazing orchestra program and to current research which shows that people enjoy the arts more when they have more information (historical context, names and dates of compositions, whether artistic or musical).
But the fundamental thing we need to change about the arts is our philosophy that the arts are a luxury, not a necessity. In fact, and again, I speak only to my specialized knowledge, music is being shown to be an essential tool for brain development that has implications for language, reasoning, mathematics, and many other fields. I'm sure this applies to other arts as well.
I have aggregated a substantial amount of research on my blog, including some subjects in particular:
El Sistema in Scotland
The Real Cost of a Music Education
Music and the Schools
El Sistema in Venezuela
You can also look at the keywords list on the blog for numerous posts in academics, education, and under those for reading, math, etc. My blog is not supported by advertising and 90% + of the posts are research study summaries from peer-reviewed scientific journals.
I hope you will find these research studies useful and informative.…