Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) is a research group from University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice in Philadelphia, one of the most important educational institutions in the USA.
The Project is asking questions and developing methods to understand what art’s impact on social life has been like since 1994. The Project’s research focuses on the relationship of the arts to community change, with a particular interest in strategies for neighborhood revitalization, social inclusion, and community wellbeing. The project team believes that cultural opportunities represent an important dimension of social inclusion and community wellbeing. The Project regards the arts as a medium that makes people imagine the future. The main mission is to understand and document both these connections and the role that public policy and philanthropy can play in its encouragement.
You may find more information about the project, their new event in New York and all related documents and reports (except for the copyrighted material) in PDF format via the following links below:
Culture and Social Wellbeing in New York : https://repository.upenn.edu/siap_culture_nyc/
Documents and Reports: http://impact.sp2.upenn.edu/siap/index.html