Why do we need art?

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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
— Albert Einstein

Einstein seemed to understand it, yet our pragmatic culture sees art as "optional". It's rarely a requirement in the public school system and it only comes into play if all of the required classed have already been fulfilled. Yet science has proven that a well balanced brain learns much more efficiently. The truth is, art is essential part of us, it gives us meaning in our lives and helps us to understand our world around us. Art has been with us from the dawn of time. the earliest records of man are in the form of art. Remember the cave paintings in Lascaux France, these paintings are estimated to be 17,300 years old. These graphic symbols represent a record of thought by the artists that made them. These artists used these symbols as a way to understand there world

Yet most of us don't even realize how often we encounter art in our daily lives. The hand of the artist is everywhere all the time. Who do you think designed your car you drive? Your house? Your phone? How about that shopping cart that you push down the isle at the super market. Yes, it was designed by an artist, an inventor a designer a creator. And still the arts are still considered optional.

IT 's been said that art requires something of us.

Can I compare fine art to reading a book vs watching the movie/tv??? It requires something of us.

 

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/what-art-requires-of-us/

 

Communicator between cultures

 

art requires something of us

It doesn't matter if you create art or you appreciate art. What matters is that you are engaged in the dialog. "The creative act is not performed by the artist alone" wrote Marcel Duchamp in his very interesting paper titled The Creative Act..could I quickly summarize it?read more

 

treatise called the "Art Coefficiaent". THe basis is that

https://www.brainpickings.org/2012/08/23/the-creative-act-marcel-duchamp-1957/

 

 

What Art Can Do for Us Michael Hyatt

 

In our pragmatic culture we usually see art as optional. We drill this into kids from an early age. We tell them to be practical and belittle their dreams because we can’t imagine how they’ll make any money pursuing them.

But the truth is, art is indispensable. Art gives us meaning. There are things that cannot be understood with pure reason—like love and beauty, to name two. Art helps us understand our world.

It does that because it helps us transcend our world. I said that listening to Arvo Pärt lifted me out of myself. Art has the power to point us to the divine, to the ultimate Artist. It doesn’t answer all the questions, but it can shine a light on questions we didn’t even know we had.

And art requires something of us. At the most basic level it can stir us to gratitude. But it can also awaken the creative imperative in us. As people, made in the image of our Creator, we have to do more than merely produce. We have to create, to express, to give life to the ideas inside us.

The cool thing is that creativity works like a muscle; the more we use it, the stronger it gets.

And here’s the good news: We don’t have to attend exclusive concerts and travel abroad to get more art in your life. Some of the most rewarding artistic moments I’ve ever had have been in my own living room or around a friend’s dinner table.