Value of Arts and Culture
We know that the arts can provide leisure activities and entertainment for many. It is easy to assume that the arts play a part in our lives only as a hobby or a night out when actually the arts are intrinsic to our way of life, our education, health and wellbeing. It is through pictures and storytelling that we first learn about history, our culture and what defines us as a nation.
The point is, art never stopped a war and never got anybody a job. That was never its function. Art cannot change events. But it can change people. It can affect people so that they are changed...because people are changed by art - enriched, ennobled, encouraged - they then act in a way that may affect the course of events...by the way they vote, they behave, the way they think.
– Leonard Bernstein