Most other discussions on intrinsic value conclude that we lack the language and the tools to discuss and measure such values. This effort takes that conclusion as its beginning. The three driving assumptions behind the work are simply stated but radically conceived: #
The true impact of performing arts experiences is what happens to individual audience members when the lights go down and the artist takes the stage — and the cumulative benefits to individuals, families and communities of having those experiences available night after night, year after year. If this is true, it would seem that efforts to assess the impact of arts programs would aim to better understand and measure how audience members are transformed — what happens to them in their seats.
- Intrinsic impacts derived from attending a live performance can be measured
- Different types of performances create different sets of intrinsic impacts
- An individual’s ‘readiness-to-receive’ a performing arts experience influences the nature and extent of impacts.