Rina Factor/ Contributing Writer
There are many people who dismiss the arts as insignificant with no lasting impact in comparison to technologies that revolutionize the world. Artists aren’t looked up to with the same reverence as engineers and doctors.
Art is a reflection of society. Because the arts include various branches of painting, music, literature, dance and other creative activity, they have a significant impact on society, religion, and education, thus deserve the same reverence bestowed upon the sciences.
As society expands and grows, art changes to reflect its new developments. Art reflects our history and documents the crucial component of our lives.
If you ever studied literature, you will see that writing reflects the period it was written in. When writers compose their texts, they are influenced by whatever is impacting their current society.
For example, “The Marriage Plot,” which was written by Jeffrey Eugenides, was a reflection on how the theme of marriage as a driving story line, which was commonly used by authors like Jane Austen, is no longer the same driving force today.
His book represents a society in which divorce is very common, and his personal reflection makes a statement on our society’s marital values. People will be read Eugenides’ novel in the future and will get a glimpse of what society prior to the future generation valued.
Religion is another important factor in the arts because it gives people meaning in their lives and is a reflection of different cultures and societies. Religious heirlooms can be passed down from generation to generation and preserve family traditions to preserve different ideals of the time.
The Jewish Museum has an exhibit called “Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” and one of their featured artifacts is a handmade Haggadah from 1902 painted by an Iraqi Jewish youth. The Haggadah is painted to depict a family celebrating a Jewish holiday. Conservators will go to great lengths to preserve these these articles because they are crucial remnants of the past.
Another heirloom featured by the museum originates from Germany and is a testament to Jewish marriage traditions.
The arts can also be used to transform the way we learn about the world. Universities are beginning to incorporate virtual reality into some of their art and history classes so that students can see a painting or visit a historical site in a more tangible way. The power of art to expose students to the physical aspect of what they are studying can create a more exciting and comprehensive method of education.
Just like the sciences, art has the power to revolutionize the world. It reflects our ever changing culture and has the ability to alter society’s values. Moreover, art brings meaning into people’s lives and helps preserve the world’s culture and societies.It is a manifestation of society and a reflection of people’s intricate identities.
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