Why Does It Matter
Access to the arts can improve educational outcomes, foster engagement and connection, and increase a community's vibrancy and livability.
Access goes far beyond the number of arts and cultural organizations our community has, but rather where these organizations are located and/or holding programming, the cost to participate, and engagement with communities who may not typically be exposed to formal or informal arts and culture (low-income residents, people with disabilities, older adults, etc.)
Low- or no-cost admission can be one important way to help all people have access to arts institutions. Similarly, arts organizations being located or present in specific communities to meet people where they are can help expand access and opportunities.
Ensuring that institutions include exhibits and programming that showcase or represent a variety of cultures, ethnicities, and experiences is an important way of making more people feel welcome within arts organizations. In addition, public art in particular can help create accessible spaces to experience art.