So often I get caught up in citing sources and following tedious rules. In a world of social media and the Internet, our own artistic viewpoint can easily get lost. Relying on the thoughts of professionals remains less risky than coming up with original ideas. The well-known saying is constantly undermined: no risk, no reward.
The arts however, require creativity; there’s no escape route. It is inevitable that the Mozart Concerto you’re performing will not sound exactly like the recording. That is a result of interpretation, or perhaps a lack of practice. Either way, you’re creating a vision and putting it out there. It is in the hands of artists to shape their visions and how they will present them to the world, if at all.
Art is a personal choice, dictating how one sees the world. Art can be a rainbow of colors—unlike the more formulaic, black and white subjects, such as math and science. With that in mind, the arts and creativity should not always be taken so literally. For businesses like Apple, art is integrated with technology. Apple has never been the only company making computers, Microsoft being its leading competitor. It has depended on cutting edge ideas in order to remain popular among consumers. Creativity is the propeller behind innovation. In that sense, every great entrepreneur and discoverer is an artist because of their prowess of thinking beyond what they have been told, and their ability to convey that message to the general public.
Because the arts allow you to create, your imagination can run free without boundaries. Societal pressure is not focused on pursuing a career in the arts, so it becomes more of a choice, a passion. That passion is part of the learned individual, a love that can be carried through old age. There is a sense of purpose, which is no surprise since the arts don’t have standard requirements like the sciences. The pace of learning is entirely up to the individual.
It has also been proven that students benefit greatly in school from taking arts-based courses. Arts and music education programs are mandatory in countries that rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores, (like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands) according to the “Do Something Organization.” New brain research shows that music not only improves skills in math and reading, but it also promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth.
Bringing passionate artists together can result in orchestra, band, choir, art club, all of which are collaborations where unity is essential. Just like sports, being part of a bigger picture consists of independent commitment and connection with others. A product of joining a musical group like orchestra or band, cited from Oxford studies, is discipline. Practice, practice, practice is the mantra for any skilled musician who knows that playing enjoyable pieces with vigor is the conclusion of usually monotonous scales and exercises. These are skills that can be carried out after education, in work and social environments.
Ultimately, the arts is the language of the world, connecting even the most different of people. Learning the piece of a Russian composer or painting the Japanese cherry blossoms, creative outlets which apply other cultures, are forms of understanding the world. You can appreciate the beauty of other parts of the globe, which can influence your way of living. Music, writing, drawing, any way of expressing ideas through art and creativity is progressive and advanced, yet a primal instinct. From the stick figure engravings of cavemen to the masterpieces of Renaissance painters, art is what connects us.