Sunday, October 21, 2012

Answer the Question: What Good is Art?

What good is art? I would love to see your insightful and original responses to this question? Please send your answers to with the subject line "What good is art?" by October 28th. I will post my favorite answers on the blog next week! Please share this with anyone you think may be interested in participating. I can't wait to see your thoughts!


  1. The arts exist as the best expression of the human condition. When someone takes a completely original idea, formulates a plan and executes that idea into reality, it's the closest we get to understanding creation.

    No matter what art form you consider -- visual fine arts, dance, film, music, theater, literature, design, photography, architecture and more -- from cave paintings to graphic novels, they may be thought of as community identifiers, gathering reference points that include and define people. As consumers, these genres offer shared experiences that tell us who we are and what is important to us.

    There is a fairly accepted rule that contemporary art reflects the society in which it exists. I'm not sure that's true, since academia has its thumb on the scale in turning out contemporary artists who in turn portray contemporary society. I say give it a hundred years or so and see what still holds up as relevant. Then we'll see.

    1. Thanks for the comment! I actually think I'm going to include it in my post of my favorite answers to this question!