OK, so my question is, "Do you find the arts (drawing, designing, acting, music, etc) important? If so why? If not, why not?
DeviantArt Is full of artists. Those who aspire to do it for a living, those who do do it for a living, and those who dabble for fun/hobby reasons. But I'm asking if you think it something important to society, and why you have that opinion.
What a lot of people seem to think is that art is not important. Y'know, those who say that business is the only way to go, or maybe those who just don't see it as a reasonable or sustainable way to live, or for whatever reason they have.
I personally have been told by a math teacher ,who caught me sketching in my notebook(I was done with my work and waiting for the next activity), that I was waisting my time and that it won't help me in life. That was when I was in middle school. That is what started my spark of curiosity that not only made me want to draw more and prove those who that wrong, but it also provided me with a feeling full of anxiety, fearing that they may be right, loss of being proud of my work, loss of being confident in what I do, and it brought a lot of mixed confused feeligs into my mind. It got to the point where I asked someone to hold my sketchbook because it hurt my heart to even have on my person. That feeling subsided. Right now, I focus my attention on my school work, and I still remain passionate about art of many forms. I appreciate it, I like to look at it. Standards are in play, but I still find something great about many styles. However, I still have this knawing thought in the back of my mind and it makes me continue to question why I draw. "Why am I doing this?", "Will this even get me anywhere? Am I wasting my time? Am I stupid for thinking I can get anywhere with what I have?" Y'know, those kind of questions full of doubt. Maybe it's because I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with all my skills. I have a wide variety of skills and I'm a fast learner, so I can pick up on a task pretty fast. However, what I am best at is deemed as useless to many.
Obviously I think art is important. To me art might be one of the structures to society. People who design and draw can become that architect who build your future home, that aspiring actor might become your favorite actor in that movie you're gonna love, that composer is the one who writes that song you really like, that one that like video games could be the one who creates the best videogame you have ever played.
Art can also be used for therapy, and help those who need a door to a new place that they can create. Art is more than just splattering paint on a canvas randomly, and it get admired even though it's the ugliest thing you may have ever seen. My point is that there are MORE than just A FEW needs for art. There are also artist who are interested in coding and can make that website that help you with your self-made business.
I can rant, I can rave, and I can and most likely will become LIVID and those who are ignorant enough to utter anything along the lines of arbitrary, bigotry about the arts being unimportant. Anything less than apprehensible is mind boggling to me. I won't mean to get pissy, and I'm apathetic to what you do for a living cause it's not about what you do, it's about that you are basically calling respectable work, worthless
What's worse is when they take it upon themselves to put down someone who has tried so much to get where they are, and still say that what they are is useless and has no meaning to be around.
I'm just the tad bit curious as to what others think. I want to know what YOU think about the arts. This is burning curiosity in me that I need fulfilled. Feel free to say what you think my your, and my opinion, but please answer my question in the comments. Even if you think art is important as well, could you tell me you think might thing it isn't?
Not my complete thought, but it's the base of it