Why Is Art Important?
Art is important for many different reasons. Some include:
- Engaging citizens in conversation that can vary from understanding historical and cultural backgrounds, to driving attachment to place and social cohesion.
- Art makes public spaces more approachable.
- It can reinforce civic pride in residents.
- Public art directly influences how people see and connect with a place, providing access to aesthetics that support its identity and making residents feel appreciated and valued. Aesthetics is one of the top three characteristics why residents attach themselves to a community.
Brenda Durant is the executive director of the Augusta Arts Council.
The Greater Augusta Arts Council was founded in 1968 to serve as an umbrella organization for the arts in Augusta. Over the years, they have taken an increasingly active role in planning and implementing Augusta’s cultural identity.
A Brief History Of Augusta, GA
- Augusta has a rich history dating as far back as the early 1700s.
- The settlement was established in 1736 by British General James Oglethorpe, and named in honor of the bride of Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales.
- Summerville, Augusta was also home to many neighboring tribes of Creek and Cherokee Indians.
- Augusta served as the state capital of Georgia from 1785 until 1795, and has many historically significant homes and buildings, such as the Cotton Exchange, established in 1872; the boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson (28th president of the United States); Ezekiel Harris House (1797); George Walton home (signer of the Declaration of Independence) and Springfield Baptist Church, the oldest African American church in America.
The Government pays for public art and makes spaces for public art because it brings joy to a community and portrays history. It is a learning opportunity for the whole community, or wherever art is present.