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“Even after controlling for age, race and education, we found that participation in the arts, especially as audience, predicted civic engagement, tolerance and altruism," said Kelly LeRoux, assistant professor of public administration at UIC and principal investigator on the study.
According to the report released buy University researchers, the subjects were given a report and asked questions about hypothetical situations. Altruistic behavior was measured by whether respondents said they had allowed a stranger to go ahead of them in line, carried a stranger’s belongings, donated blood, given directions to a stranger, lent someone an item of value, returned money to a cashier who had given too much change, or looked after a neighbor’s pets, plants or mail.
Experts also found that the same individuals were generally more socially tolerant.
Leroux proposes that if political leaders were truly concerned about the decline of community life or cared to restore a neighborhood, the arts should not be disregarded. “If policymakers are concerned about a decline in community life, the arts shouldn’t be disregarded as a means to promote an active citizenry,” LeRoux said. “Our positive findings could strengthen the case for government support for the arts.”