What Roles Does Art and the Artist Have in Society?

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“Napoleon’s Daughter” (oil) Copyright Charity Goodwin

Art has existed as long as human history. It can honestly be said that at times art has been the sole surviving evidence of long past, forgotten civilizations or of events, and sometimes the only surviving witness that relays human lives and their struggles and triumphs. Humanity owes much to the men and women who created such enduring works and we as a people are enriched by the memories they preserved.

The artist serves society by being more than just a voice of times gone by: the artist inspires and widens the views of mankind, providing hope for a better future, sometimes becoming a clarion cry to arms or aid. Through the artist’s efforts as witness and testimony, we open our minds to other’s experiences and perspectives. By assisting society to help understand itself, an artist’s work serves as the mirror upon which society looks upon itself.

Not to be overlooked, however, is the economic influence art can have on communities and industry. New York annually receives thousands of tourists from across the nation, and around the globe, many of whom are impressed by their personal visits to see our country’s Statue of Liberty (originally designed by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi), the numerous art districts and galleries in the state of New York. Businesses, understanding the valuable service of artists, regularly work together with artists to design many products, fashions and entertainment media, which many times become popular in the fashion, animations, music, and theatre productions.

Art has been with mankind from the beginning, and it will be with us to the last. It is an integral part of our lives and bring us all closer together.

Charity Goodwin, Artist

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