What use are the arts when our country is burning?

by | Jan 22, 2020 | Creative Arts Industry | 0 comments

“A curious, creative world is more likely to make decisions of a positive impact.
Let’s continue to sing stories and paint pictures that provoke a consciousness of the earth.”

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Two days ago, RiotACT published an article I wrote in response to the devastating bushfires we’ve experienced in here Australia. In the article, I explore the role the Arts has to play amidst such devastation. Along with the potential to inspire critical thought and positive change, artists has the ability to leverage the synergies between science and the Arts and much more…

So what can artists do while our nation burns?

My deep admiration goes to those who are organising benefit-concerts and keeping the joy of creativity alive in displaced communities. There are other ways artists can help as well: Let’s continue to sing stories and paint pictures that provoke a consciousness of the earth. The Arts have great potential to promote critical thought into the sciences and nurture a world that is inquiring and self-aware, without having to didactically espouse scientific concepts. A curious, creative world is more likely to make decisions of a positive impact. Artists may be useless to a world that is already burnt, but perhaps the Arts can help prevent future fires, before it’s too late.