Culture and Social Wellbeing in New York City

Document Type

Research Brief




Understanding the social value of the arts and culture in New York City neighborhoods was the goal of the research undertaken between 2014 and 2016 by Penn's Social Impact of the Arts Project (SIAP) in collaboration with Reinvestment Fund. This brief is a summary of the conceptual framework, data and methodology, findings and implications of the research discussed in the full report--The Social Wellbeing of New York City's Neighborhoods: The Contributions of Culture and the Arts (March 2017).


The Culture and Social Wellbeing in NYC project was undertaken in collaboration with Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution, and with support by the Surdna Foundation, the New York City Cultural Agenda Fund in the New York Community Trust, and the University of Pennsylvania. The research was conducted between 2014 and 2016.



Date Posted: 09 March 2017