Centre for Cultural Value Research: Lifelong Cultural Engagement

This article was first published by the Centre for Cultural Value.

How may the value and impact of engaging with culture evolve across someone’s lifetime? Are our cultural tastes set in childhood? Or is there scope for our behaviours to change? If so, what can affect these shifts?

These questions are worth exploring for many reasons. For instance, cultural organisations might want to investigate who’s engaging with particular art forms and how. Practitioners might want to explore how working in different co-creative ways might impact their engagement. Funders and policymakers, on the other hand, might be interested in how levels of engagement compare and contrast across different demographics and policy areas.