3 reasons to support museums for #GivingTuesday

Did you know that museums – as part of the arts sector – are vital to our economic, social and personal well-being?

This #GivingTuesday, there are three reasons why you should support the Kentucky Museum.

Museums are good for well-being

Several studies demonstrate the personal and community benefits of visiting a museum. These include studies by…

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology and another from the California Academy of Sciences that found this out Visiting museums helps reduce the risk of anxiety and depression.
  • London School of Economics, which found this to be common Visiting museums increases your well-being at the same rate as an additional $5,301 per yearwhich has a greater effect than in sports.
  • American for the Arts, who figured this out 72% of people believe the arts unite our communities and help them understand other cultures better.
  • University of Pennsylvania, which found that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to more civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child well-being and lower poverty rates.
  • The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, which gives military service members and veterans a place in creative art therapy—including museum visits Top 4 (of 40) Interventions and Treatments for the Mental, Physical, and Moral Injuries of War.

Employers love museum-sponsored skills

97% of US employers say creativity is increasingly important to them, while 85% who are looking for creative employees say they can’t find the candidates they’re looking for.

The Kentucky Museum and our campus partners offer WKU students extensive hands-on learning opportunities. As on-campus employers, our students grow into faculty, interns and research assistants experiencing the day-to-day work of museums, being mentored by our staff and partners and discovering how their passions can turn into successful careers.

Additionally, through close study sessions, in-class assignments, and co-curator opportunities, students gain hands-on engagement with collections and learn fascinating stories about how Kentuckians shaped the world—and were shaped by it. Instilling this passion for inquisitive exploration and unveiling career opportunities that require creativity is key to educating the next generation of our workforce.

Our community depends on the arts

Museums are vital to communities like South Central Kentucky, where poverty affects one in three families. Americans for the Arts has compiled data from several studies showing that…

  • Involved in the artistic field are:
    • 91% more likely to make new friends
    • 86% more likely to engage in civic issues and challenges, and
    • 63% less likely to develop dementia.

  • Students studying art are twice as likely to graduate from college and become active in their communities.
  • Experiencing artful communities a 75% reduction in income inequality and a 18% less serious crime.

Those are some insanely good benefits…all from visiting and participating in museums! With your tax-deductible donation, you can help support this participation in the Kentucky Museum and ensure our community continues on its artistic journey of prosperity.