Arts at Work: Investigating the Impact of the Arts on Self-Reported Health in U.S. Counties

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Date: January 22, 2020
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Faculty/Administration #2339 | Map
656 W. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
Category: Lecture

The Humanities Center is proud to present as part of its Brown Bag Series, a talk by Alisa Moldavanova, Political Science, Associate Professor



This talk presents the results of a collaborative research project that empirically investigates the relationship between creative cultural capital and public health. Specific research questions asked include: 1) Does the presence of aggregated arts and creative activity in local communities contribute to improved community-level public health? 2) Is such contribution independent from the effects of social capital and other conventional determinants of public health? Relying upon multiple measures of creative cultural capital and controlling for established determinants of community health, we use data from over 2,500 U.S. counties to examine the effects of creative cultural capital on self-reported public health. The results show that higher levels of creative cultural capital yield long-term community health dividends. The study also finds that social capital, median income and income equality, as well as level of education, serve as important components of the positive relationship between arts infrastructure and self-reported health.

These talks are free and open to the public! We also provide free coffee, tea and cake!


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