'Art' remains one of the most challenging concepts to define. Indeed, it is nearly impossible to adequately describe the transformative power and impact that the fine arts - including visual art, literary art, dance, film, music, theatre - can have on individuals and their societies.
Art can change lives and ways of thinking. Art can transform and revolutionize communities and cultures. Art can change of course of human events and history.
Art has been described as a coherent and purposeful expression created by an individual or group with imagination and creativity that is intended to communicate ideas, stories, feelings, or beliefs about self, others, societies, and the world.
Art enriches our lives as it educates and entertains, instructs and inspires. It engages us by posing life's 'big questions,' both contemporary and enduring. It provides a diverse array of forums for meaningful human expression and communication, exposing us to diverse cultures while inviting us to better understand, appreciate, empathize, with the 'other' - past and present.
Art fosters intellectual and practical life skills and learning goals, including communication, reasoned judgment, aesthetic sensibilities, collaborative problem-solving, and social and personal responsibility. Artist expression encourages thinking out of the box, placing great value on imagination, creativity, intuition, and innovation. Artists and their creations are powerful catalysts for educational, cultural, and economic renewal and renaissance.
If you are interested in exploring and experiencing the transformative power of the arts we invite you to visit the websites for our exceptional programs in the fine arts at UW-Parkside by clicking on the links below: