Does art have the power to speak up for people?

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Art can be used and found in many different ways and forms. People can use it to express their feelings, people can use it for fun or just to learn more about it.

Now, what if I told you that you can use art to get a word out there. That is what I am writing this post about. I am sure my fellow hub members and editors participated in the Clap for Carers. This shows gratitude for the doctors, nurses and surgeons who are fighting on the frontline just to help us get through this virus. Well, I have done my part by having a display of different papers such as for key workers, NHS, and many more. I even made a Lockdown Diary that I have given the link to at the end of this post. People who are protesting for Black Lives Matter are using different types of art such as Graffiti, banners and writing on cardboard cut-outs. Art can tell a thousand words so using art to speak up is a great new way of communicating and for peaceful protesting. If I told you that I could say a whole conversation to you in art, I think people will think I am crazy. Some people will use art to define their happiness while others can represent depression and anxiety. Especially for people who do not have the ability to talk, hear or see.

Though there are so many good things about this form of communication, there are still disadvantages of using art to speak up. Misunderstanding is a key issue in interacting with others because of everyone having such a diverse imagination they can take in different things in different ways. If it is taken in as offensive or harmful, you could be punished without you doing any wrong things.

In my opinion, art will be a new and fun experience and I think a lot more of us should try it more!

Comments (8)

  • tom Tom @ the BNC
    22 Jun 2020

    A thoughtful question - and thank you for sharing your opinion! What do others think?

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  • The Sherwood School The Sherwood School
    22 Jun 2020

    An excellent and very inciteful post! Well done :)

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  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    23 Jun 2020

    I think art does have the power to speak up for people. This is because you can express yourself through art. An example of this would be graffiti. Many graffiti artists express themselves through art. Banksy is a very famous Street artist he expresses himself through his art. I agree with you on the point you made about how there are disadvantages to using art to speak up. People might interpret the message you are trying to send differently because art is so broad.
    However, on the other hand, if art communicates a very strong message then it is likely that everyone will understand what you are trying to say.

    I think that communicating through art can be more powerful that communicating through words. This in because in art you can visualise change, it's impact and everything that is going on in the world. Communicating through art means that you are showing what you want to say. This means that you can show why some things need change rather than telling. Although words can be powerful, visualising what you want to say means that you can get the message across in a very impactful way . For example: You might want to tell everyone why climate change needs to be stopped. You could say how it will ruin our planet or you can show earth as it could be if climate change takes hold, you could show the world, a wasteland, scorching heat, no life. Communicating this message through art might be more powerful than using words.

    In conclusion, I think art has the power to speak up for people because of how you can visualise what you want to say and how you can express yourself.

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      versatile_molecule's comment 23 Jun 2020

      Thanks for your comment. What medium do you think is most powerful to communicate change? And what are some of the advantages of using one medium over another?

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  • Halsnead logo free_avocado | Halsnead Primary School
    25 Jun 2020

    I think art helps you to take everything bad from your mind and helps you concentrate.

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_tree | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    07 Jul 2020

    Art is brilliant to relax you and clear your mind of any troubles, I think it is very helpful.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    08 Jul 2020

    Yes. Art can relax you mentally and physically. I think art is stronger than words because you can express yourself through art very clearly an for some people, speaking in front of people may not be their strong point. Everyone is good at some things and not others so for some people they may choose to be an artist to communicate with the public rather than being a prime minister and talk to us directly. That's why i think that artists should be noticed more than other people because they have found what they are good at and what they love. We only have one life so it is very important to do something we like rather than forcing ourselves to do something we are not good at and we dont like! :)

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