Art comes in many forms. Music, painting, crafts, drawing, writing, and more. The more is enough to tell you that art can’t be defined as just one thing.
Whether you make crafts, work on acrylic pours, are a published author, or one of the leading harmonica players in your field, you are an artist that is creating what you love, and deserve to be able to do so.
However, many people don’t realize how important it is to support the arts and the artists in their community. If you’ve been considering supporting the arts, but just aren’t sure, then here are a few reasons that you should.
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Art Supports Your Local Economy
There are quite a few ways you can support your local economy. Supporting local artists who sell crafts, paintings, photography and more is a great place to start. If you make a concerted effort to support the arts in your local economy then your whole community will feel the benefits.
Art Teaches Creativity
Every parent can tell you that their children are super creative when they’re small. Unfortunately few keep that spark as they age. Supporting the arts ensures that children have the opportunity to train that spark and not let it go out. The arts teach creativity, something the world is sorely lacking at this moment.
Arts Create A Healthy Outlet
Whether you’re a young child, a teen in trouble, or an adult who’s stressed, art creates a healthy outlet for negative energy and calms stress levels. Many people see the arts as a sedentary activity. In reality, the arts are more active than you might think, both mentally and physically.
For example, photographers have to walk and even go on hikes to capture their pictures. This is good for the mind and the body. Music, dance, and even theater work the mind and the body as well. Arts help to get out a lot of pent-up energy for many people, so why not support their efforts.
Art Can Have Academic Benefits
The arts have been proven time and again to have academic benefits. This is especially true if they are started at an early age. For example, SAT scores of children that had an interest in some form of the arts during their school careers tend to be better than children who had no interest in the arts at all. This, more than any other reason on our list, is a reason to support the arts this year.
Art Can Be Practiced At Any Age
The great thing about art is that it can be practiced no matter what age you are. Whether you start painting as a child or start writing after retirement, arts are for everyone and can help you keep up an active lifestyle, mentally, emotionally, and physically.
If you make the choice to support the arts, not only will you be supporting struggling and well-known artists, you’ll also be supporting the right of children and senior citizens to perform their art as well.
Art Can Have A Positive Impact on Your Community
Supporting struggling artists, the schools in your area, and even well-known art museums can have a direct impact on your community as well.
They provide economic stimulus by bringing people to town to buy from the artists you’re supporting it can also lead to fewer budget constraints for schools and colleges who might have to shelve their arts programs due to budget cuts.
Supporting the arts is something that everyone should consider doing, not only for the local artists and economy, but also for the children who might not ever have the chance to develop a love for the arts if you don’t.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.