Why is art important?

Adelle Blankinship

Art does not take one, but many forms. It can be anything from clothing, photography, and drama to painting, sculpting, and even handwriting. Because we have such a diverse and unique definition of “art”, we are able to make the world a much more interesting place and provide an escape from reality.

Art has been capturing history for centuries like the complex caves of the Lascaux to the historical Founding Fathers of the United States painting. If it were not for the many talented artists that recorded these important events, we would not be able to visualize as clearly to what happened in our past. Many different art movements shaped what we consider art today. Events influenced most of the craftsmanship within painting, drawing, drama, and fashion. It is also a doorway to different cultures. Each culture has their own distinguishable form of art.

Reality is boring. Art provides an escape from it and makes the world a more interesting place. Common items such as your house and clothing are unnoticed examples of art in your everyday life. It gives you a way to express yourself and your personality. It would be an awfully dull world if everyone did the same thing, wore the same clothes, and have a lifestyle exactly like everyone else. Many people already do that now without even recognizing it. A lot of people lack skills and ability because they are just not inspired. Many jobs and opportunities today are looking for originality and invention. That is why it is important to be creative and innovative in your everyday life. Thinking outside of the box expands your ability to solve problems and grow new ideas. But the person who scored well on an SAT will not necessarily be the best doctor or the best lawyer or the best businessman. These tests do not measure character, leadership, creativity, perseverance.–William Julius Wilson

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