02 Oct, 2020
Have you ever wondered when art emerged? Well, this is a question asked by many and the fact is that even for the great scholars of the area it is difficult to specify the exact date of the emergence of art history. As it is a human expression related to our sensations and emotions, art seems to be something inherent in the lives of individuals.
The Virgin of Willendorf is one of the first sculptures of a human representation. Many say that it is the precursor of human beings' desire to represent themselves. The famous cave paintings are considered the first human paintings. In short, there are several examples that give us a sense of how old art is in people's lives.
But does art only impact the individual's life or can it subvert the reality of an entire society? The answer to that question is that art is certainly a field that affects society in the most different areas: health, education, economics and so on. Its impact is very positive and it will directly affect the history and culture of a given society.
Here in this text we will talk about how art changes lives. There are a number of social projects that provide access for poor people who live in situations of social inequality. It is through social projects that it is possible to repair the unequal conditions that exist in society.
Art movements and their social impacts
There is no denying the influence that art has on our society. Art directly intervenes in the lives of people as a whole: expands horizons, dictates trends in fashion, shapes the current culture, among other things. The Beatniks, for example, a socio-cultural movement from the 1950s and early 1960s, were the drivers of the hippie movement that had great writers like the renowned Allan Ginsberg.
In addition to being a writer, poet and philosopher, Ginsberg was also an activist. He was considered one of the key figures in this beatnik movement. One of his most famous books is "Howl". The beatnik generation was without a doubt a movement that, through its art, created a lifestyle and gave rise to others as famous as the hippie movement mentioned above.
Another example of how art influences society is the punk movement. Before becoming a movement in itself, punk is a musical style that was created in the 1970s in New York. In the United Kingdom, more precisely in London, the movement gained its own version with celebrities and bands like The Clash and Sex Pistols.
The punk movement came exactly in opposition to the hippie movement. Punk encouraged individuality and independence, something totally opposed to the hippie movement that cared about the community with its slogan "Peace and love". In short, punks were rebels with a cause.
Without a doubt, art influences society. Proof of this is that the punk that emerged only as a musical style, ended up dictating trends in the way the movement's followers dressed and, in addition, the punk movement began to have a strong influence of anarchist and socialist ideals, thus creating an opposition to the system.
Another great mark of this movement was the welcoming of the female presence. Punk made room for women who started to lead bands. Names like Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and The Slits are some examples. In spite of this, not all fans were included in this aspect of inclusion and not all female bands had a feminist discourse.
Through art a whole history was created. How can a musical style trigger so much in society, right? The artistic movements also influenced society a lot.
Dadaism, for example, was a vanguard of the early 20th century that emerged to challenge cultural values. The name Dadaism comes from Dada, which means nothing — which is precisely the essence of the movement. In short, art also has its challenging role that calls into question various social issues.
All over the world there are social projects that make use of art in order to change society. Next, we'll get to know some of them and check out this transformative power that art has. There will be three incredible social projects. Two in the United States of America and one in Brazil: The Edible Hut, Urban Artworks and the Uerê Project.
Social projects that use art as a transformation tool
The Edible Hut
The Edible Hut is a meeting space for the Calimera Park community, which is on the east side of Detroit. It has an edible roof and combines elements of a traditional hut, an outdoor sculpture, a garage and a garden that is also edible.
Without going much deeper into the structure, the hut is a collaborative project where different areas meet to make it real. They are artists, architects, community members and others. There, people enjoy local music, perform, invest in healthy eating and creative activities. A place that, in the midst of so many technologies that alienate people, brings the community together to make art.
The Uerê social project is a school located in Favela da Maré, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, which has its own teaching methodology. With several extra activities, the school offers a soccer school, computer workshop and — art could not be left out — reading workshop, photography workshop and the String Orchestra. In addition to encouraging art, the school offers 3 daily meals for students.
Founded in 1995, Urban Artworks is a nonprofit organization based in Seattle. Urban Artworks' mission is to put young people as well as communities in contact with public art.
With 25 years of history, Urban Artworks collaborates for the lives of thousands of young people and hundreds of great artists in the mission of taking art to public spaces in Seattle. In addition, they have a series of projects such as the mural apprentice program, arts mentoring program, school mural program and so on. In short, a program that affects not only people, but also the community.
Now you know some of the social projects that have made a difference through art and understand a little more about how art has a positive impact in people's lives or in society as a whole.
Through art it is possible to create movements, question, protest and influence fashion trends, but these are just some of the many possibilities generated by art. Explore more about the subject and see how art relates to other social segments, such as health and the environment, by accessing the Timelinefy Blog.
As you can see, art has enormous transformational power. Through social projects, this power — which already is a lot in itself — is enhanced. So, don't think twice about supporting such a social project. It transforms the lives of people who will have access to art and culture through these initiatives.