10 Reasons Why Art is Valuable

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The value of art

Art enables people to share their experiences, thoughts, feelings and imaginations.

It is a means by which people can express their sense of identity. It enriches our lives by providing us with a way to see and experience the world through the eyes of others. Art is intrinsically valuable because:

1. Art tells powerful personal and community stories;

2. Art helps us to understand other people’s experiences, developing our sense of compassion and humanity;

3. Art challenges mainstream ideas and presents alternatives;

4. Art shows complex and conflicting ideas in an accessible way;

5. Art helps us see differently;

6. Art encourages the imagination;

7. Art opens a space for critical thinking;

8. Art brings hope – it can help us to imagine what does not exist, and give it shape;

9. Art transforms us, our communities, ideas and situations; and

10. Art provides a public platform for expression.

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