New research from Curb Center points to connection between the arts and well-being

Posted on: April 17, 2014

The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee announced recent publications on the connections between arts and enterprise, and between art and well-being. March 2014 saw the publication of “Artful Living: Examining the Relationship between Artistic Practice and Subjective Wellbeing across Three National Surveys” by Steven J. Tepper and a group of Vanderbilt researchers. The study found that people with strong artistic practices reported higher levels of life satisfaction, a more positive self-image, less anxiety about change, and a more tolerant approach toward social diversity. In November, Tepper and Elizabeth L. Lingo published a study about work and occupations, “Patterns and Pathways: Artists and Creative Work in a Changing Economy,” addressing how creative work gets done in the 21st century and the central place that creative work has in our economy. Tepper is associate director of Vanderbilt’s Curb Center and research director of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project at Indiana University.

Posted April 17, 2014