…ART is a natural part of us. From observing the cave paintings of prehistoric man or watching a child with a box full of crayons and a piece of paper, we see that the drive to create art is intrinsic to our nature.
…ART helps up achieve better self-awareness. Viewing art can give rise to emotions and help us explore and interpret what we are feeling. Increasing our self-awareness through art can lead to personal and professional success.
…ART encourages critical thinking and better communication. Art strengthens our critical thinking skills and improves the way we communicate our thoughts and emotions.
…ART bridges the gap between cultures. There are no geographic or language barriers in art, it is universal.
…ART improves our daily lives. Art makes the spaces we live and work in more thought-provoking, interesting and beautiful. Art inspires us, makes us happy, and can even motivate us.
…ART has social impact. Cities with a high concentration of the arts enjoy more robust civic engagement, improved social cohesion, and higher child welfare. The arts lift us up beyond everyday experiences and are a fundamental component of a healthy community.
…ART strengthens the economic vitality of the Gainesville community and beyond. The non-profit arts industry alone generates $166.3 billion in economic activity annually, supporting 4.6 million jobs and generating 27.5 billion in government revenue.