Date of Project


Document Type

Honors Thesis

School Name

College of Arts and Sciences



Major Advisor

Michael LaRocco

Second Advisor

Kyle Barnett

Third Advisor

Moira O'Keeffe


The quantitative impact of the arts has become an increasingly important factor in determining the overall value of a project, and is often used to determine acceptance of submissions, public recognition and funding disbursement. This project evaluates current understandings of how the arts function within society, popular methods for determining the value of the arts and explores how qualitative reasoning can be utilized to communicate the value of supporting artistic endeavors. While placing a numerical value on the arts based on data collection can be important, this project will aim to evaluate the implications of relying so heavily on facts and figures to determine the value of things that are ultimately driven by human experiences that defy measure.