Art Builds Community

It is no secret that art builds a sense of community. Odds are, a city near you has turned to the arts as an important part of a revitalization project for a neighborhood, or the city as a whole.

School Mural created by art teachers Maureen Murphy and Caley Ehardt in collaboration with their elementary students.
School Mural created by art teachers Maureen Murphy and Caley Ehardt in collaboration with their elementary students.

It’s no surprise, then, that schools who have the means may have art created or installed to build that sense of school community. The example above is just one example of a recent mural created in one of our schools that does a fantastic job of including the individuals of the community in the making… Can you see all of the hand prints?

That art builds community is essential to understanding the nature of art, and an essential understanding that must be lost to those in parts of the country and world where arts education is not valued.

Art is part of the human experience, and through art, people find connections and relationships to one another. This is true for small groups, larger communities, and whole civilizations — schools, neighborhoods, cities, countries and cultures. The art of a place can define a sense of that place, build a sense of community pride, and unite a community in  a common vision.

Many schools have artwork and murals in the halls and on the campus, and in most cases this is in large part due to the efforts of the art teachers, past and present. So, kudos to all of you who have played a role in strengthening your school community through art. And kudos to you, Caley and Maureen.

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