I found this great article on Huffington Post about why art matters. Here’s an excerpt:
“In fact, in a time of crisis, I believe that art matters more than ever. The economy is in a tailspin. We live in a 24-hour news cycle where people are inundated with doom-and-gloom economic headlines and stock market data around the clock. People – regular people, not just hedge fund managers and financial professionals – now spend hours on end glued to their computer screens, watching their 401K’s evaporate, or their pensions disappear. Imagine all the stress this massive tsunami of information causes them on a daily basis, with no respite in sight.
But there is a respite, if they only knew where to look. It’s hanging on the walls of the nearest museum. It’s the sculpture in the public plaza on the corner. It’s in the dozens of galleries showing the works of both emerging and established artists. If they could just unplug for a few minutes, and explore, people could discover that art provides a necessary escape – even if only a temporary one – from the troubles of the world.”