The Importance of Art – Dr. Jerry Hankins’ Blog


Dr. Jerry Hankins - Blog - Importance of Art

Art is a form of expression that requires many people to think in ways that are different from the tasks they perform during daily routines.  Art is both and outlet and a medium that incites thoughts, conversations, and actions within societies and between people.  It is important to remember how essential art has been in the formation of the present time and will continue to be an influence in shaping the future.

Art makes people think critically and in new, imaginative ways.  When viewing a piece of art, a person asks what message the artist was trying to convey when creating the piece and how that meaning was executed.  Even if a person dislikes a piece of art, he or she is forced to wonder why it was created and for what purpose.

Art makes people discover aesthetic likes and dislikes, but, perhaps more importantly, it also makes people feel emotions that allow them to connect with pieces of art and with the world and people around them.  Art can incite longing, empathy, anger, or desire.  Art helps brings people together because it conveys the message that individuals are not alone in their emotions and experiences.

Art helps individuals share their experiences and feel connected the people and places around them.  Art can even help people recognize that, fundamentally, human beings are not all that dissimilar and this can help audiences uncover a human culture.  There are certain objects, representations, and aesthetics, such as beautiful people and picturesque landscapes, that appeal to almost all people from various cultures.  It is important to pay attention to the things that remain important cross-culturally as these can reveal a deep human connection.  Language is not needed to understand most art.

Above all, art portrays the things that words cannot justify, both in beauty and historic significance.  Art depicts what the world looked like and what the world could look like.  In many ways, art is an optimistic force and a stern reminder of where human beings have been, the experiences they have shared, and all the possibilities the future may hold.

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