Social impact of art and creativity

In the world of art and creativity, a trend is gradually developing toward social awareness, or “socialisation”. To some extent, this trend is defining the dynamics in a broader social sense, whereby social, pedagogical and/or educational concerns are becoming increasingly focused on social participation and urban development. Social participation is about building social networks, participating in society, actively contributing to society and acquiring the skills to do so. Artistic and creative activities can significantly influence this process. To put this another way, participation in arts and creativity can be an end in itself, but it can also be a means for social participation. As far as the research group is concerned, the emphasis is on the latter; on the social and societal dimensions of art and creativity.

The question guiding the development of knowledge in this line of research, is:

  • How can artistic and creative activities be deployed as an end in itself (cultural participation), and especially as a means beyond itself,

  • by social, pedagogical and/or educational professionals,

  • in cooperation with the people (citizens, clients) directly concerned,

  • in terms of activation, development, connection and/or prevention,

  • in such a way that it contributes to the promotion of social participation and social urban development in the Utrecht urban region,

  • aimed at improving the quality of living together in an urban environment?

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