The Florida Arts & Wellbeing Indicators project was undertaken in three phases over three years (2015-2018) by an interdisciplinary team of investigators at the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts administered and awarded by the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
The overarching goal of the project was to develop a set of indicators that could measure associations between arts participation and wellbeing at the community level.
The project team included investigators from the arts, community development and public health, epidemiologists, a biostatistician and a statistical epidemiologist, supported by research associates and assistants from the Center’s Interdisciplinary Research Lab and DCA staff. The project also utilized key partnerships with arts, public health and other community organizations in nine counties.
Over three years, the project:
Analyses were conducted at the county and state levels. With an oversampling at the state level, our findings indicate a predicted influence of arts participation on physical and mental health. Those who participated in the arts were more likely to rate their mental health, physical health and quality of life positively, compared to those who do not participate. Additionally, it seems that arts participation may be a better indicator of mental health outcomes than of physical outcomes. Cross-sectionally, higher scores for global physical and mental health, as well as flourishing, were found for those who participate in the arts. After adjusting for potential confounders, we found a strong association between the arts contributing to personal quality of life with participation in the arts.
Most significantly, the results indicate that the current model is effective and reliable in associating arts participation with wellbeing at the community level.
The Florida Arts & Wellbeing Indicators are available for use by other organizations, within or outside of the state of Florida.
Click here to download the project Executive Summary
Click here to download the Data Collection Toolkit
Click here to download the Data Analysis Toolkit
Contact the Center for Arts in Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the full project report, including the survey instruments, data tables, and other project findings and details.