WATCH: The Great Unexpected Utility of the Arts

The most important thing about art is every person's capacity to make it, and that the body/mind discipline of cultivating your artistic abilities has collateral utility for every aspect of life.

Art is often dismissed as being purely subjective, but Bard College President Leon Botstein, who also conducts the American Symphony Orchestra, argues that there are some commonalities among the diverse products that different people call art.


He argues that the most important thing about art is every person's capacity to make it, and that the body/mind discipline of cultivating your artistic abilities has collateral utility for every aspect of life. By the end of the lecture, you will understand why you should actively make art part of your life-long education.

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