Why does Art Matter?
And, if truth be told, I don't really believe that art is escapist. I believe that art provides a sensory experience that, on the contrary, can be restorative. Art gives our eyes and mind a chance to rest, to muse, to think. Looking at art, we reconnect with our inner spirit, a spirit that is rich in thoughts, feelings, and dreams, a spirit that can't be bankrupted, no matter what is happening in the financial markets.
Though that was written in 2009 it still holds true today perhaps more than ever. With all that this year has brought Art has become even more important. Art is creation, a reminder that no matter how gray our world is right now there is a light just around the corner.
The arts matter because they are local and relevant to the needs and wishes of local people. They help citizens to express their needs and to clothe them in memorable forms. They offer a way of expressing ideas and wishes that ordinary politics do not allow. The arts regenerate the rundown and rehabilitate the neglected. Arts buildings lift the spirits, create symbols that people identify with, and give identity to places that may not have one. Where the arts start, jobs follow. Anywhere that neglects the arts short-changes its people.
During this epedemic many people have given into their creative muse and as such we have been blessed with art that is relevant to this period in our lives rather it is in the form of Pandemic videos on YouTube or Art in the Museums like this one at the AGO and the Toronto Museum
|Infected by Art at the AGO|