“I’m going to recreate the Monalisa painting and jazz her up in my own artistic way.”- The 8 years young me.
I belong to a Bengali family and yes, as obvious as it may sound, I do indulge a lot into Art and Culture. Being a 90s kid, the only thing that seemed fascinating to me was trying to draw every possible picture, I could see around. I remember completing Art homework for my friends at school, and still not getting punished by my teacher. That’s what Art does to you! You literally get drawn towards its beauty.
PREFACE: Fast forward 20 years since the 90s, we are living in a digital world where it is imperative to understand the impact of Art and Culture, to help people think what really it means to be understood by emotions, through Art. The general value of Arts and Culture in society has long been just assumed, while the details have just as long been debated for quite some time. It’s difficult to imagine a society without the influence of the arts and striping out most of what is pleasurable in life. It could be cultivated in our inner lives and should enrich our emotional world.
VALUES AND IMPORTANCE: I remember visiting a museum as a kid and getting awed by the structural pictures that stuck in my mind, as soon as I came back home that day, I sat with my drawing book trying out the caricature. The digital world has just taken over, what admiring Art and Culture intrinsically is like. It starts with the inherent value of culture, continues through all the social and educational benefits, else we ultimately fall into Oscar Wilde’s celebrated definition of a Cynic: “Knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Imagine a society without the civilizing influence of the Arts and we’ll have to strip out what is most pleasurable in life – and much that is educationally vital as well. Take the collective memory from our museums; remove the bands from our schools and choirs from our communities; lose the empathetic plays and dance from our theatres or the books from our libraries, literature, and painting, and Voila! We’re left with a society bereft of everything.
CONTRIBUTION: There is a strong relationship between Arts and Cultural Engagement and Educational Attainment. Improvement can also be seen in literacy when young people take part in Drama and Library activities, and quite better performance in Maths and other languages when they take part in structured music activities. Art is not only a form of creativity where ideas are expressed in the form of literature, visual arts but it consists of music singing, drama acting, and theatre performance. Having been a part of Poem recitation competitions, essay writings, drawing, designing, and painting, I have always tried to express myself through my work. I’d also like to mention “Art Therapy”, something that helps me, in fighting stress. It’s quite easy to sit, crib about the COVID, and complain everything is ragged up, however creating Art, or maybe just Doodling, promotes self-care, distraction, and a near-meditative state.
CONCLUSION: The importance of Art and Culture is huge, albeit it’s been unfairly overlooked for the past decade. It doesn’t mean that you should visit museums or art galleries every other day, however, there are multiple ways to incorporate Art and Culture in life. For example, Art therapy or picking up painting as a new hobby will work. The sky’s the only limit.
In a nutshell, The value of Arts and Culture to people outlines the existing evidence and impacts on our health and wellbeing, society, and education. Art should be promoted, Art needs to be known. Might just ask you: Has Art gone abstract because the artist is embarrassed by his freedom?
A final piece of word from me- “If you could be anything in your life, I URGE you to be PASSIONATE!”