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LorenLiCloes

Humanities
ChrisMarshall
March3,2015
Arepeopleforgettingthevalueofartandartmuseums?
Lotsofpeopletraveltoexploremultiplecultures,andallcultureshavedifferentstylesof
art.Asthehumanpopulationgrowsandculturesandnationalitiesmix,someoftheoldercultures
begintodisappear.Afewpeoplemakeittheirlifelongmissiontodiscoverlostpaintings,
sculptures,etceteraalongwithanyotherculturalpieces.However,lessandlesspeopleinthese
upcominggenerationsarerememberingthevalueofourcultureanditsart.TheLouvre,inParis,
Franceholdssomeofthemostbeautifulandenrichingpiecesofarthistory.TheLouvreisoneof
themostpopularandvaluableartmuseumstheworldhaseverknown,anditsprobablyoneof
themostvaluable.Bothinpricelessartifactsandtothepublicwhowishtoconnectwithmultiple
cultures.Itistomyunderstandingthattodaywearebecominglessappreciativeofart.For
examplepeoplehavebelievedthattheMonaLisawasaverylargescalepaintingbecauseofthe
filmindustryhowever,inrealityitisaverysmallpaintingwhichintheeyesofsomepeople
makesthepaintinglessvaluable.Inspiteoftheactualpaintingsvalueswhicharepriceless,Iam
referringtothevalueoftheartpiecesthatenrichesandenlightensourcultureandtheupcoming
generations.Artisntarighttohaveandstudyitsaprivilege.InthearticleDoWeNeedartin
OurLivesbyMichaelGoncharitquotesthatTheysupposedlyincreasetestscores,generate
socialresponsibilityandturnaroundfailingschools.Theymeaningthestudentsthathave
studiedart,andappreciateditsvalue.Millionsofpeoplehaveappreciatedartanditssignificant
roleinhistory,butwithtodayssocietyandallofthenewadvancedtechnologychildrenofall
agesareforgettingthevalueandimportanceofart.Personally,Ihavealwaysappreciatedandart
andallofitsenlighteningviews,andtheuniquethingaboutartistheviewerisabletoenvision
theirownperspectiveofanartpiece.Notonlydoesarthelpusremembersignificantplacesin
historybut,ithelpsusexpressourfeelingsandempathisewiththeartist.Iftheartisthasavery
darkandcoolcoloredpaintingthentheywereprobablyfeelingpain,sorrow,loss,remorseand
muchmore.Ifearpeoplewillforgetaboutallthesebeautifulandlifechangingpaintings,
sculptures,andotherartdesigns.HowlonguntilpeopleforgetabouttheGranicathatrepresents
1930sspainandalloftheirpain,orMichelangelo'sbeautifulmuralintheSistineChapelin

VaticanCity?Isthereawaytoreconnecttheseupcominggenerationstoappreciateartand
artisticvalues?Willartmuseumsdisappearovertime?

LorenLiCloes
Humanities
ChrisMarshall
March3,2015
Arepeopleforgettingthevalueofartandartmuseums?

Itistomyunderstandingthattodaywearebecominglessappreciativeofart.Lotsof
peopletraveltoexploremultiplecultures,andallcultureshavedifferentstylesofart.TheArt
NewspaperreportsthatTheLouvre,inParis,Francehashad9.3millionvisitorsin2013,even
thoughthosearehighnumbersfewerpeopleintheseupcominggenerationsarerememberingthe
valueofculturalarts.TheLouvreisoneofthemostpopularandvaluableartmuseumstheworld
haseverknown,anditsprobablyoneofthemostvaluable,bothintermsofpricelessartifacts
andthepublicswishtoconnectwithmultiplecultures.Travelinginmyopinionisthebestway
toseeart.Whenonetravelstheyhaveanopenmindandanewperspectiveonthingsandthose
aretwothingspeopleneedmoreofinlife.Ibelievethattheappreciationofartisdecliningthis
issignificantbecausewearelosingaconnectiontoourpast.ThearticleWhoscomingtoyour
musume?DemographicsbyMuseumTypestatesthat
Only 18% of respondents are parents
of minor children, and those parents that did respond have significantly older children; over
half are in middle or high school.
InthearticleDoWeNeedArtinOurlivesByMichael

GoncharstatesthatTheysupposedlyincreasetestscores,generatesocialresponsibilityandturn
aroundfailingschools.Notonlyistherevalueinartappreciationbutalsoinarteducation.
Throughalargescale,randomassignmentstudyofschooltourstothemuseum,weableto
determinethatstringcausalrelationshipstoinfactexistbetweenartseducationandarangeof
desirableoutcomes.Artisn'tarighttohaveandstudybutaprivilege.TheAmericanAlliance
ofMuseumstatesthatStudentswhoattendafieldtriptoanartmuseumexperienceanincrease
incriticalthinkingskills,historicalempathyandtolerance.Forstudentsfromruralor
highpovertyregions,theincreasewasevenmoresignificant.Ifearpeoplewillforgetaboutall
thesebeautifulandlifechangingpaintings,sculptures,andotherartdesigns.Howlonguntil
peopleforgetabouttheGuernicathatrepresents1930sspainandalloftheirpain,or

Michelangelo'sbeautifulmuralintheSistineChapelinVaticanCity?Isthereawaytoreconnect
theseupcominggenerationstoappreciateartandartisticvalues?Willartmuseumsdisappear
overtime?Andwhatdoesthismeanformygeneration?