Why Does Our Society Need Art?

Creativity allows us to view, analyze and solve problems more with more ease and innovation. Activities such as painting, craft, drawing, working with clay, opens the mind, provokes us to think in a unique and different way. A society that has lost touch with its creative side is an imprisoned society where there is no exchange of ideas or innovative approaches to problems. Art broadens our perspectives and can help us overcome prejudices. Today we shall discuss the positive aspects of visual art in our society. 

We all know that any form of art can express ideas and emotions, document happenings and cultures, and engage people in critical thinking. It has been used since prehistoric times to communicate, document lifestyle and cherish traditional practices including marriage ceremonies, victories and other rituals. In an increasingly divided world, art can help us find common ground and see the humanity in others. It helps us to find our roots and understand our accomplishments hence giving us strength to instill new thoughts or ideas. Additionally, it can help students develop their memorizing, problem-solving, critical thinking, and creativity skills. Visual art can benefit at all stages of life and it has its influence in all professional fields. It allows people the chance to be exposed to stimuli that can provoke thoughts and even emotions. For many, it can lead to new information, education, and growth. Fine art can be powerfully thought-provoking because it does communicate through visuals and not words. It can communicate information, shape our everyday lives, make a social statement and be enjoyed for aesthetic beauty. Art is the barometer that measures levels of cultural sophistication and evolution of mankind. Throughout human existence, we have learned about cultural accomplishments from the cultural artifacts left behind. To name a few let's consider the construction of Stonehenge, the Greek Parthenon, the Roman Colosseum, the Hagia Sophia, Gothic cathedrals, The Great Sphinx, caves of Ajanta & Ellora and even, the Statue of Liberty. Each of these iconic marvels also is a piece of art that communicates important messages about the time, place, lifestyle and context in which the structure was created. Besides, most of the utilitarian items or entertaining elements in our lives contain “art” and they do contribute to one’s aesthetic experience. Think about the iPhone, video games, movies, furniture, utensils, automobiles, outfits. Every product that we possess or any form of visual entertainment has some kind of art involved in it when it was created. It was developed by a team of artists or product designers who decided the aesthetic appearance of the product being launched in the market. 

Art has its significance in society as it reflects our culture and existence. It forces humans to look beyond that which is necessary to survive and leads people to create for the sake of expression and meaning. 




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