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See our latest articles and creative commissions, exploring diverse perspectives on the value of art and culture.

Children and the Arts: A Hidden Culture

Anne Wood on how art helps young children develop

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Turnaround Arts New Orleans: The arc of family engagement

Jennie Moctezuma explains how the arts bring schools and families together

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How cultural literacy makes us all insiders

Create discusses language, culture and progress with E. D. Hirsch, Jr.

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Assemble: Building Culture

The Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble reflect on the relationship between our culture and our built environment

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It Came: A comic by Karrie Fransman

Read our beautiful new graphic story by Karrie Fransman, in which a community is transformed by art

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The art of changing lives

Sarah Crompton on dance and the work of DAZL

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Dance – a cure for the sitting disease? Jan Burkhardt

Public Health commissioner and dance and health specialist Jan Burkhardt asks if the nation can dance its way back into shape.

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How poetry can be a lifeline: Rachel Kelly

The bestselling author of Black Rainbow reflects on her experience of depression – and how words illuminated her road to recovery.

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To Make is to Live: Andrew Marr

Three years ago, Andrew Marr had a serious stroke. He tells us how art has been vital to his recovery.

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A Society Informed: Alain de Botton

In our latest article, the bestselling philosopher and author of Art as Therapy talks about how art could do more for us.

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More Dangerous, More Urgent, More Exciting: Sarah Crompton

Writer and journalist Sarah Crompton on the magic of truly diverse art.

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Top left to bottom right: 1. Illustration © Arts Council England 2. Plymouth Music Zone participants making music. Photo © Plymouth Music Zone / Kevin Clifford 3. Theatre Alibi - Olive & The Dream Train. Photo © Steve Tanner