Progressing our city through THE ARTS and CREATIVE IDEAS
Artists have that unique ability to engage individuals in a very deep and personal way. Art can help us understand our humanity and the historical conditions we live in, but importantly draw us into thinking whether our reality needs to be changed.
The Arts, as a catalyst of change, can be used as a medium of confronting personal, social or political issues through criticism of the world as it is and a vision of the world as it might be.
However an Artist does not always have to reflect criticism or a futuristic world vision to assume a successful role in a society, but create for their own pleasure or experiment and play with their own imaginations and creativity, for sometimes, something as reflective and beautiful as an ambiguous, mystic smile can produce timeless Art as - The Mona Lisa, which has inspired other forms of Art and serves to remind us of our beauty, fragility, strength and dreams.
Here's a good discussion thread on this topic, by the National Endowment for the Arts, USA
Different perspectives, but yet highlight the need for a better dialogue to exist between a community and the Artist for achieving a more prosperous society.
I agree with Rodolfo. Thank you.
I see the artist role as helping people see other views of life, to stretch a so called "normal" view of life and assist us all to realize there is something more than the status quo. To push boundaries, ask questions and create beauty, make a statement, or shines light on a horror. To stretches imaginations, move someone to think about our humanity and question our true potential.