A History of the Arts

Arts are a broad collection of human activities between the creation of creative art, visual or performing works, which represent the artist’s imagination, aesthetic concepts, or specialized technical skill, meant to be enjoyed primarily for their aesthetic value or emotional impact. It is a broad category of arts which include performing arts such as drama, dance, music, and opera; visual arts such as painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, television, and visual arts; performing arts such as the opera and ballet; visual arts such as photography and film; and interdisciplinary arts such as disability studies, Native American arts, Korean arts, and literature. These activities can be presented in many forms, presenting many potential directions for artists and audiences alike. However, there is a common thread that all arts share, and that is the desire to create new ways of understanding, examining and enjoying the world around them. They also share the ability to communicate these ideas and passions in a meaningful way.

In the United States, arts and culture are often confused with the broader field of arts and sciences, with little attention being paid to the narrower definition of arts used by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAS), which tends to focus on the more academic pursuits of arts and sciences. Although the Academy has an interest in promoting awareness of the wide variety of disciplines and their contributions to society, arts and sciences should not be seen as mutually exclusive from each other. AAS encourages a diversity of approaches, including the integration of science and art in artistic practices, as well as in other fields such as technology and engineering. Arts and sciences should not be viewed as opposing directions, but as complementary paths through which creative ideas can lead to solutions.

Architectural Arts include the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and spaces, with an emphasis on building engineering, historic preservation and architectural graphic design. Artistic architecture is an artistic genre that focuses on form rather than function, utilizing materials such as concrete or wood as its primary material. Architectural Arts include performance art, dance, multimedia, installations, and visual culture. Performance artists produce works such as performances, music, sound, film, and installation art. Dance creates dance works and artistic dance movements, while multimedia uses sounds, films, and other forms of aesthetic culture.