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Visual Art & Society


Visual arts have a strong impact on the development of society. Creative thinking for social change can come from politicians, economists or business leaders just as it can be from musicians, journalists and visual artists.Art can have a tremendous power to foster collaboration between different societies. For example, cooperation between artists from conflicting peoples or touring art shows that bring real-world issues to distant populations is essential to increasing the level of understanding between cultures. Art is powerful in its simplicity; because of its lack of dependence on language or written language, it can convey ideas across classes and cultures. This makes it one of the most powerful communication tools. Art can be a powerful way of bringing communities together. Art can create social cohesion, better civic engagement and improved child welfare. Creating community art helps citizens work together to create shared visions of their ideals, values and hopes for the future. Art is an important way to document our collective present, so that future generations can have a better understanding of our thinking, values and more. Reaching back in time, cave paintings of prehistoric paintings offer one of the last glimpses into how these people lived and their religious and moral beliefs. Art is a deceptively easy way of accessing communities that would otherwise be overlooked. It has long been a weapon of protest and an inspiration for social change, and it also has the ability to heal, as the therapeutic art is more widely used to alleviate psychological distress.  The visual arts have never been more popular and accessible than they are now in the 21st century. People have more opportunities to participate in visual arts not only as tourists to galleries and museums, but also as part of their everyday lives.Visual art has a huge influence on our everyday lives. There is a great deal of knowledge of the advantages of good architecture and the inclusion of art in healthcare environments. Studies have shown quicker patient recovery and reduced vandalism and abuse. Artists also play a vital role as facilitators and educators, collaborating on initiatives in which individuals and groups become involved producers. Art is made and appreciated by many people for many reasons, but one of the things that art does is expand and broaden our popular visual language.Artists show us new ways to see familiar things, and how to interpret new situations and events through different kinds of visual shorthand's. In any case, the interpretation of the subject matter at hand is one of the primary functions of art. The subject matter doesn't change all that much over time.  Although new themes have emerged, the human condition, culture and events continue to draw artists' attention.



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