"When at-risk youths come into contact with the arts, their academic achievement and their civic and social engagement improve"
To what point does art contribute to social integration? Talking about access to culture under conditions of equality with Sunil Iyengar.
“Culture belongs to the upper classes. It is hard to attract families with lower education levels”
How can the cultural consumption of the new generations, particularly that of families with lower educational levels, be increased? Françoise Benhamou provides some key points in this interview.
“Our children are perfectly at home on YouTube, but they have no idea how a vacuum cleaner works”
José van Dijck reflects on how the major internet platforms are determining how we communicate, buy, and even how we behave.
Cultural participation and wellbeing. What do the data tell us?
Culture plays an important role in constructing and consolidating the bases for social cohesion and inclusion and for individual and collective wellbeing. The fourth issue of the Dossier from the Social Observatory of "la Caixa" analyses the factors that determine the cultural participation of citizens and reflects on how to guarantee equal conditions for such participation.
Satisfaction with cultural spaces in European cities
What is the opinion of citizens regarding the cultural spaces available in their places of residence? This indicator shows in which European cities the residents appear to be most satisfied.
The arts and the advancement of the economy and society
What relationship exists between art and economics? We present two books that study the importance of creativity and innovation in the arts, as well as how art contributes to economic development.
Perspectives on cultural participation in Europe
This book, reviewed for the Social Observatory of "la Caixa", aims to measure participation in cultural activities on a European level, as well as promote them to contribute to social inclusion and active citizenship.
Between complacency and a self-defeating dream
The two books reviewed share concerns regarding the decline of the USA and show the problems facing the country. From different perspectives, both reach the same diagnosis regarding American society and the danger that threatens democracy.
How is our country positioned in cultural questions? Understanding culture in its broadest form, the indicators presented by the Social Observatory of “la Caixa” in this section allow us to interpret how culture is interrelated, within a European context, with today’s social and economic reality.