Why Art Matters...
 
…it enriches our lives
 …it builds communication skills
 …it increases tourism
 …it employed 500,891 people in California in 2008 (not including freelancers)
 …it defines cultures over the centuries
 …it inspires us
 …it raises test scores
 …it is what makes us human
 …it reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged
 …it enlivens our senses
 …it expands our perceptual capacity
 …it enhances our ability to learn
 …it added $38.9-billion to U.S. economy in 2008
 …it increases self-confidence
 …it is the link necessary for innovation
 …it teaches professionalism and responsibility
 …it is a reflection of our personalities, dreams, defeats, and triumphs
 …it fuels the imagination
 …its funding from the state has declined more than 30% since 2001
 …it requires your undying commitment to insure it flourishes

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Contributions...


Art 'speaks' the heart of the artist, and touches the heart of the beholder
Esthe


It keeps us striving to achieve a quality of communication that will arrive and be duplicated. It lets future generations may know what we loved and that we were thinking of them as we made our decisions and created our legacy.
Diane


Art teaches us how to think creatively. Art shows us how to take chances. Art encourages us to learn from our failures as well as our successes.
Lynn


We have been created to create!
Annie


it keeps us grounded to our inner lives
Joy


It heals.
Gwen


It feeds your Soul!
Sonja


It saves your sanity when you are in great need.
Ruby



Art matters because it helps to keep us sane in a crazy world.
Tis


Art reflects our society and mirrors our existence.
Susan


Making art is fun for artists.
Betsy


It teaches us to think creatively (outside the box) which makes us better problem solvers.
Judy


Why art matters? It heals human maladies of heart, mind, and body.
Why art matters? It was the first language and continues to be a powerful language that crosses all cultures.
Thank you for letting me contribute to your list of "Why art matters".
Back to the studio, Shelly


art matters because if you are involved in it, it does more to fight off depression than any drug or therapist.
Trish