The density of arts organizations and prevalence of arts events plays a role in attracting residents and businesses to (re)locate to a community by improving its image and making it more appealing.
Volunteerism within a community is a sure sign of civic pride and engagement, which are crucial to livability. Research shows that arts participants are more than twice as likely to volunteer as those who do not participate in the arts--a trend that holds across artforms and regardless of demographics.
Creative placemaking projects have been making progress tracking outcomes related to livability. One study found that a majority of residents and business owners felt that the programs positively changed their feelings about the neighborhood.
Cultural participation leads to wider community participation. One study showed that participants most involved in cultural activities were 50% more likely to be involved in other (non-arts) community activities.