The Arts Essay by Research Group

The Arts
A discussion of the role of the arts in contemporary society.
# 26078 | 2,408 words | 9 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 25, 2003 in Education (General) , Art (General)

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This paper examines the role of the arts which comprise of the disciplines of the visual arts, music, theater and dance in society and particularly education today. It shows how the arts not only impart a sense of beauty and vitality to the lives of human beings, but how they can also equip students with the necessary skills to flourish in the real world.
Outline and summary:
Role of the arts in contemporary society; the recent resurgence of interest in the arts in schools; positive reasons for incorporating arts as mandatory courses in public schools.
Discussion on the significance of arts in society
Impact on human beings and society; historical significance of the artists' legacy.
Historical background of the role of arts in:
The rise of interest in culture after World War II, leading to the division of America: one that is culturally conscious and one that is not.
The rise and fall of progressive education; attempts by the Clinton Administration to introduce the arts into public schools; gradual restoration of music programs all over America.
Discussion of the question: should arts be considered mandatory courses for public schools'
Cognitive abilities; imaginative skills; life skills; multiculturalism; improvement in students' academic performance and behavior; becoming a whole human being.
Positive results in research need to be proven; arts should not always be incorporated in other subjects; lack of funding.
Recommendations for bringing arts courses into public schools: collaboration between arts organizations and with schools; providing high quality education with well-trained teachers; innovative programs between schools and museums
Conclusions: The potential of the arts for improving education and thus our society. Lists briefly the advantages of arts education.

From the Paper:

"Throughout history, many artists have been inspired by the world around them to create their works. Their accomplishments are not limited to the exclusive realm of the arts. Cave painters studied the anatomy and movement of the animals they drew. The pyramids built by the Egyptians were created with the accuracy of mathematics (Unsworth 56). Furthermore, The Impressionists' quest for color as reflected light mirrored the scientific discovery of the nature of light rays (Unsworth 56). Altogether, the rich legacy of all the artists provides contemporary generations with a vibrant representation of the human world and inspires us to continue their great work (York 274)."

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