Gifts of the Muse

Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts

Kevin F. McCarthy, Elizabeth H. Ondaatje, Laura Zakaras, Arthur Brooks


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This widely-acclaimed RAND report, commissioned by Wallace, examines the evidence for the full range of arts' private and public benefits and concludes that the national discussion of these benefits should place far more emphasis on the “intrinsic” pleasures of the arts that benefit not only individuals, but the public good as well. The report calls on policymakers to promote arts experiences at a young age as a critical gateway to a lifetime of benefits.