What Arts and Humanities Mean to Us

Rumor has it that the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities will get the axe if/when Trump makes drastic gov't budget cuts (http://thehill.com/policy/finance/314991-trump-team-prepares-dramatic-cuts). Let's make a list about the importance and meaning of Arts and Humanities. Stories, pictures, thoughts welcome.
  1. Art allows people to communicate visually when verbal expression falls short (or may not be an option).
  2. Reading makes us more empathetic, and helps us hone our critical thinking skills.
  3. The humanities help us better understand our own and other cultures through language, art, literature.
  4. Arts and humanities can build bridges across gender, racial, age, and socio-economic divides. They have been integral to social-justice movements. They continue to be vital to democracy.
  5. I have always loved literature. So much so that after focusing on it in high school, where I wrote my senior thesis on Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground, I went on to get my BA in English, and my MA in Literature. I find solace in books and in museums. My life has been shaped by books and art more than any other subject.
  6. Now I want to hear from you, List community:
  7. Art is my escape pod
    Be it reading a good book, watching a good movie or tv show, or contemplating an image, be it a painting or even a doodle, calms me. It takes me to a place where I can collect myself, maybe recharge energies, and face reality. And as a writer and origamist, when I'm creating I can also contribute to the positive well the world needs.
    Suggested by   @Jaycer17
  8. Anytime we (humans) face and feel suppression, creativity bounds and these studies soar. Funny, that they think they can stop us...
    Suggested by   @michael_circa91
  9. Music saves lives, and the testimonies live in people's hearts, their comments and tweets to their favorite artists, their own music, their Human acts of strength and kindness.
    Suggested by   @michael_circa91
  10. The Humanities separate us from the rest of nature... kinda primitive to be so focused on economic systems... and if it's preservative, then why u no worried about the damn environment?
    Suggested by   @michael_circa91
  11. Art comes in many forms - the poetic lyrics in a well composed song that moves us deeply. The creativity that grows from the first reading of a play untill the puzzle is pieced together at the premiere. The painting that started on a blank canvas and was created out of inspiration to trick our minds as we admire it.
    Art is life and keeps us alive. It's the thing that lets us step away from lifes tasks for a moment and forget them while we feel alive. Art should be encouraged and supported not neglected and set a side. If we underestimate the power of art - we underestimate the value of our lifes.
    Suggested by   @DanielaM
  12. I'm going to grad school for film and television studies and then hopefully going to get my PhD as well. Art is important to me, it can teach, it can save lives, it can connect us to other worlds, or with people whose situations we didn't understand. It helps us to empathize. There is barely any money in the budget alloted to it as it is.
    Cutting it our completely would devastate me.
    Suggested by   @brimattia
  13. Theyre not just trying to eliminate Arts and Humanities from the budget, but they want to privatize public broadcasting. I've been thinking about this scene from 'The West Wing' all day...https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kV0JnR0cG0I
    Suggested by   @brimattia
  14. Art is therapy
    I think art gives us an outlet to express emotions, experiences, or ideas that sometimes we can't put into words
    Suggested by   @calliestorie
  15. It makes me want to come to school
    If there is ever a day I really just feel like skipping remembering that I have an art class will motivate me to get out of bed.
    Suggested by   @rebeccaja
  16. Art helps our children learn empathy
    Identifying with others is a learned trait, not an innate one. Stories, music, & viewing physical art are some of the most effective ways for children to learn new points of view & to put themselves into someone else's shoes. Drawing/writing/performing are ways that kids express empathy early on. This is why I volunteer to teach Art in Action classes in my daughter's first grade class — the program is entirely run on volunteer work & donations for supplies because arts funding in schools is nil.
    Suggested by   @dreadpiratemama
  17. i'm taking my BA in english and my lecture today was on percy shelley. he said something along the lines of "poets are the legislators of this world". we are the ones who shape the world through our words, in some ways.
    my mum doesn't really care about the humanities - to her, being out in the real world and being a practical adult makes more sense. she asked "what's the use of literature if it doesn't feed you?" i couldn't give a proper answer and i still think about it from time to time but reading this list and the suggestions makes me really happy to be doing what i love.
    Suggested by   @kaelephant
  18. art is a mirror to our society
    it can show us our experience, teach us about the experiences of others, help us heal, help us grow. without this mirror, we're ghosts.
    Suggested by   @boygirlparty