Why art matters: Four ways you benefit from art
April 03, 2019

By Gary Evans, Coordinator of the Georgian College Fine Arts programs and manager of the Barrie Campus Gallery

Art isn’t just decoration for your homes. It also benefits our health, economies, youth and communities. Read how below, then experience it for yourself at the Design and Visual Arts Scholarship Show and Open House from April 26 to May 17. See the art of 100 top students, representing 11 programs. At stake is over $30,000 in awards donated by industry partners. Don’t miss out!

1. It’s good for your health

Here are only some examples of how art plays an important role in wellness and overall health.

  • It has been shown time and time again, that people with dementia and other neurological diseases, maintain their ability to create art even after speech and language was weakened (Harvard Health Publishing, 2017).
  • Viewing art has been scientifically shown to increase dopamine, the ‘feel-good’ chemical in the body, promoting feelings of pleasure and positivity (The Telegraph, 2011).
  • Participating in art therapy has been linked with lower rates of depression, stress and anxiety (Resources to Recover, 2018).
3 chunky, layered silver necklaces on black necklace stand
Woman drawing technical architectural sketch

2. It boosts economies

You may not connect thriving economies to art, but here are some stats that show how art makes a difference.

  • 65% of business leaders in Ontario say it’s easier to attract top talent to communities with a thriving arts and culture scene (Ontarians for the Arts, 2018).
  • Amongst creative employers, 63% of them would hire a more creative individual as opposed to one that is more technically skilled (The Conference Board, 2008).
  • Cities that promote themselves as rich in culture and art often gain a competitive advantage that increases tourism and economic outcomes (Creative City Network of Canada, 2015).
  • Communities with low economic and social conditions benefit greatly from an introduction of arts and culture (CMHC, 2001).

3. It allows young people to thrive

Picasso once said, “every child is an artist.” Here are some reasons to foster creativity in children.

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Picture of various coloured masks on white stand in exhibit

4. It helps build a sense of community

Research shows art is at the heart of well-connected and thriving communities.

Come explore Georgian’s thriving art community at the Design and Visual Arts Scholarship Open House, from April 26 to May 17!

See work from our various programs including: Art and Design Fundamentals, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Hairstyling, Interior Decorating, Honours Bachelor of Interior Design, Jewellery and Metals, Kitchen and Bath Design, and Photography.

Sculpture of a lion made out of pieces of steel
Gary Evans speaking with green painting in the background

Gary’s career has spanned more than two decades. His numerous solo exhibitions include Seeing Things: The Paintings of Gary Evans, which toured across Canada, as well as Station, a survey of paintings presented at the Art Gallery of Windsor. He has participated in group exhibitions across Canada and internationally at venues including Humber Arts and Media Studios in Etobicoke, Deluge Contemporary in Victoria, the Tina B. Biennial in Prague, and the Kaoshung Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan. Evans is an OCAD graduate and the co-ordinator of Georgian’s Fine Arts programs, as well as the manager of the Barrie Campus gallery.