Art is more than decoration. It has the power to change minds, foster dialogue and create connections.
Although most people enjoy art—not everyone has the means or ability to engage in art experiences. That’s where thinking outside of the museum comes into play. Murals and community art projects are a couple of ways that everyday people can have a relationship with the arts.
“All throughout history, society has created art in some form. Clearly it’s essential to who we are,” said Georges Loewenguth of Georges Eliott Artworks. “If we were to strip the world of art, when clearly it’s something that’s ingrained in us, I don’t think we’d survive.”
Although most people might not associate the arts with survival, it can have a profound impact on quality of life. Enjoying the arts – both as a spectator and as a creator -- has been linked to improved mental and physical health. Community arts projects in particular have been linked to increased healthy eating, physical activity, and well being among participants.