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The importance and benefits of art in todays world

by Andrew Siddall. Published Tue 19 May 2020 18:25, last updated: 01/06/20

Art is important. Especially today. With the majority of the world under lockdown amid the pandemic, people have turned to the arts for entertainment and as a way of coping with loneliness and isolation. It’s become more important than ever before.

It’s easy to think of art as just paintings and sculptures in a gallery or a museum, but this isn’t the case. Art encompasses everything from drawings and literature through to performance and film. Art is a way for someone to express themselves through imagery or music, whether its thoughts, feelings or ideas.

With everything that’s happening in the world at the time of writing, more people than ever have been left feeling isolated or alone.

One option to combat this is counselling over the phone or online, which can be provided by reputable companies, such as
BetterHelp.

Also utilising art to help you get through stressful times is a powerful tool.

Since the pandemic began, creators and artists have flooded social media with their work, but a large number of people who wouldn’t normally get involved with the arts have begun showing off their creative talents, and have been getting involved with other likeminded people.

The internet and social media have made this more possible with multiple communities dedicated to the varying arts, allowing people to share their work with others across the world.

Whether its dance classes, community choirs, drawing, quizzes or movie and TV watch parties, there is something for everyone.

Keeping yourself physically and mentally active is a very efficient way of managing those feelings of isolation. It allows you to concentrate on a project and gives you a chance to vent and channel negative emotions into something creative.

Art doesn’t always need to be deep and thought provoking. It can just be fun and bring people just a few moments of joy, which is what many artists are doing.

Art has the power to unite and divide us in equal measure, but will continue to connect us and be important to our lives, no matter what.



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