10 Timeless Reasons Why Art is Important in Life!
Mar 04, 2021
10 TIMELESS REASONS WHY
ART IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE
Art is no different than why it's essential to have food to survive, why we experience joy, or why it feels so good to love and be in-love. For us, art is the conduit of our passion and a way that we can show how we feel about things and ideas by representing them either realistically or abstractly.
Here are 10 timeless reasons why art is important in life.
ART IS IN OUR NATURE AND HELPS US CONNECT TO OUR ANCESTORS.
Art has been the means of human abstract expression ever since early man put his hands on the surfaces of those caves and stones down to a toddler creating a crayon mural on open living room walls.
Studying art from our ancestors sheds insight into how people interpreted their world, themselves, their connections to ancestral beings, cultural stories, historical places, and cultural landscapes. Art history is a vehicle that allows us to understand how our human past has a direct relationship and influence over the present.
ART IS A LANGUAGE WITHOUT REPRESSION
Art brings us back to basics, expression without repression. Art speaks its own language regardless of the medium of choice. Symbology is one of the most effective forms of communication despite any potential language barriers.
ART IS REVOLUTION
Art is important because it has the power to evoke emotions and move people and sometimes an entire nation. Art and artists play a key role in the advancement of a revolution or belief. Regardless of the chosen medium, art brings individuals together to share, discuss, and identify. The lineage of our artistic expression and appreciation is the gauge of culture at any given point in time. Art is the barometer for what we are caring about at any time in the artistic movements of our civilization.
ART PROMOTES BRIDGING CULTURAL GAPS WITHIN OUR GLOBAL COMMUNITIES
The world around us is livened up by art. Simple plain walls, empty streets, a theatre, and open land are turned into interesting places where people can come together to appreciate the beauty represented through art. Learning about facets of our rich global art history helps us understand the world on a different level when looking through the art lens. According to a report by Art in Action, “By learning about other people, children are able to develop their ability for empathy, essential in working with people from all walks of life, and realize that we have more in common than not.”
ART HELPS DEVELOP OVERALL WELL-BEING AND COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
In our early life, along with aiding in developing motor skills and hand-eye coordination, art has a significant impact on social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
Practicing forms of art can help with transformative coping. If one suffers from stress, depression, and/or trauma, previous research conducted by the American Psychological Association reveals that expressing one's experiences through the arts is proven to "activate the immune system and results in decreased health problems relative to a control group in long term follow up studies".
Art is also beneficial for the aging process as seen in studies conducted by the Gerontological Society of America in which researchers found that through active participation in the arts there was "documentation of mental/physical improvements in memory, creativity, problem-solving, everyday competence, reaction time, balance/gait, and quality of life".
ART CAN HELP CLOSE THE EDUCATIONAL GAP
Art helps stimulate and nurture creativity which is the foundation of a child’s education. In many studies, there is a correlation between student attendance and schools that house art programs. In the article, “School Art Programs: Should They Be Saved?,” Valeriya Metla explains, “Schools with long-standing art programs have higher graduation rates. In many instances, art classes motivate students to stay in school, especially low-achieving students, by fostering closer ties with peers and creating community-oriented environments.”
ART DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Creative experiences challenge us to observe, articulate, and reimagine which helps us gain introspection into our nature. The arts play a vital role in helping us find our confidently authentic voice. Art helps us identify and advocate for what we believe in. In art classes around the world, students acquire and hone in on transferable skills including but not limited to communication, collaboration, and responsibility. In business studies related to the arts, research finds that the arts increase the development of the imagination, spatial thinking, and abstract reasoning, which are all essential skills in business development.
ART POSITIVELY IMPACTS THE ECONOMY
Art, according to the report Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate about the Benefits of the Arts, in relation to the economy can be broken into three categories of economic benefit which include , “direct benefits (i.e., those that result from the arts as an economic activity and thus are a source of employment, tax revenue, and spending); indirect benefits (e.g., attraction of individuals and firms to locations where the arts are available); and a variety of “public-good” benefits (e.g., the availability of the arts, the ability to have the arts available for the next generation, and the contribution the arts make to a community’s quality of life). In the end, when an artist makes money from their work, it all comes full circle for the community.
ART IS IMPORTANT FOR ARCHITECTURE
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once stated “The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” Buildings can be forms of art where the architecture speaks to people through communicating how people can interact with and through space. Numerous periods or themes of art from the past have had a large impact on the modern architectural designs that are seen today including contemporary architecture, which benefits greatly from artistic content. Architecture taps into the unlimited potential of an area and morphe it into a piece of functional art.
ART PROMOTES INNOVATION
Without innovation, there's no creativity. As you create, you innovate and explore. Artist, Mary Lou Cook stated, “Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” The more you immerse yourself in studying, creating, and experimenting with art, the more easily you'll find tapping into the universal creative energy to be. With that, let's go out and create!
If our world lacked art, dynamic artists, and art appreciation, we would not have a creative outlet to help us emotionally, financially, psychologically, and overall personal development. Our global community is bustling with artists that are dedicated to pushing the innovative envelope showing the unlimited potential of humanity.
Written by Visions by Ehsan Team.
The aim of Visions by Ehsan is to create innovative ways that drive the mission of creating groundbreaking art that helps drive peace, unity and love locally, nationally, and worldwide. Ehsan is currently creating an art installation made of 2000 double sided paintings together turning into gigantic peace sign, (equivalent to a 16+ story building and spans half an acre) entitled Vision of Unity and Peace.
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