The Arts are Culturally Important!

Cultures are judged on the basis of their arts and most cultures and most historical eras have not doubted the importance of studying the arts.  Historically, societies have always included the arts in every child’s education because arts are a fundamentally important part of culture, and an education without them is an impoverished education leading to an impoverished society. Studying the arts should be as important as the sciences: they are time-honored ways of learning, knowing, and expressing.

The arts teach that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.  Art objects are cultural artifacts which reveal much about the society in which they are produced whether it be past or present.

According to New Horizons for Learning, Art Education is expressed as: Always among the highest expression of every culture, the arts teach us much about every historical period through its visual arts, literature, drama, music, and dance.  Today it is recognized that to be truly well educated, one must learn to appreciate the arts and have rich opportunities to participate in creative work.  The arts are languages that most people speak, cutting through individual differences in culture, educational background, and ability.  (2006, para. 1)

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