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People tell us art is frivolous, a cute hobby, or an activity that deserves to be at the bottom of our priority list. But art isn’t selfish. It’s a way to open us all up to more possibility, to greater giving, and to so much more.

Here are 50 ways YOUR art helps others:

    1. Makes people smile
    2. Reminds people of home
    3. Symbol of love
    4. Memories
    5. Brings color and life to someone’s home
    6. Reminds people of travel
    7. Brings peace and comfort
    8. Offers a new perspective
    9. Celebrates community
    10. Presents
    11. Reduces stress or anxiety
    12. Decoration
    13. Connects people
    14. Walk in someone else’s shoes
    15. Creates hope

      Art isn't selfish. It's a way to open us all up to more possibility, to greater giving, and to so much more. Here are 50 ways YOUR art helps others:

      Art is a powerful tool for human connection

      Inspires

    16. Enhances environments
    17. Religious or spiritual worship
    18. Keeps people warm (hello handmade mittens!)
    19. Act of rebellion
    20. Political statement
    21. Creates empathy
    22. Instructs/teaches
    23. Adorns
    24. Social justice concerns
    25. A return to childhood
    26. Purpose
    27. Goals
    28. Visions of a different world
    29. New opportunities
    30. Avenues of expression

      Here I am at an art event where the instructor told me “no paintbrushes.”

    31. Communication tool
    32.  Love
    33. Emotional release
    34. Direction
    35. Friendship
    36. Respect
    37. History
    38. Meditation or prayer
    39. Celebration
    40. Showcase of values
    41. Altar pieces
    42. Ritual space
    43. Ancestral honor
    44. Value – investment
    45. Family
    46. Clothes
    47. Supports causes
    48. Story telling
    49. Embraces the unique qualities of being human <3

“50 ways your art helps others.” (Click to tweet)

Be Creatively Courageous: How else can your art help others? I want to know. Let’s talk about it in the comments below.