International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 9 Interlude 2

December 31, 2008

Art, Creativity, Art Education and Civil Society

Anna M. Kindler
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Citation: Kindler, A. M. (2008). Art, creativity, art education and civil sociecty. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 9(Interlude 2). Retrieved [date] from
The terms embedded in the title of my paper: Art, Creativity, Art Education and Civil Society seem intrinsically linked. In art history, theory and education literature there are abundant references describing art as a powerful manifestation of the human creative potential. The role and value of art in a society have traditionally been emphasized with the power of art to both cater to as well as nurture desires and aspirations relevant to the wellbeing of a collective and promoting civility and peace in human interactions. The field of Art Education has long argued the merits of its existence using the rationale of both the intrinsic value of art as well as the extrinsic benefits to a broader realm of human condition through its contribution to quality of life of individuals and societies. Claims that art has the capacity to uplift the spirit, support civility, and provide impetus for moral conduct through its probing appeal to the human psyche have become commonplace.

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