Art is a universal language. It breaks many borders and bridges differences. Art –in many forms- has been proven to be the core of social change. It touches many lives and transforms uncountable communities worldwide. Art flows in the vein of human being. Regardless whether a person in highly educated or cannot afford to get some diploma, art is blind as it doesn’t pick and take sides. The power of arts has been acknowledged in various aspects of life, too. Music for brain development and healing, painting for therapy, performing arts for behavior control is just some of the examples.
Recently, artists have come to an understanding that thru arts, under privilege communities can be reached out. This movement is called arts activism. Using music, visual arts and performing arts to touch marginalized community is believed to be doing something real for the greater good. This movement is also a way to open up access to arts. Not only the ones with financial and educational privileges can enjoy arts but also those who are almost forgotten in our daily lives. In the old days, there was a major gap between high class and lower class. This set a borderline where arts belong to the haves only. Within the context of humanity, art belongs to everyone. It does not talk about talents only. It also covers the chance to appreciate arts and being helped out of disadvantaged condition thru arts.
This movement has brought together various elements of in the society. It brings along various professions in the field. It gathers powerful commitment and dedication to make a difference. This is a chance to give back to community. This is an expression of responsibility of the great talents have. Sing for Hope is an example of this movement that dedicates their service, artistic touch thru songs to under privilege areas. Schools with limited resources, too, can get their support. In a larger scope, it will create a snowball effect. And imagine the healing power when this action is replicated –in various unique ways, of course- in other parts of the world. The power is tremendous!