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Art for the people, by the people: the role of artistic expression in American democracy

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Art for the people, by the people: the role of artistic expression in American democracy
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Hefka
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Angela Irene
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1988-
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Rutgers University
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Camden Graduate School
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Drawing from a multidisciplinary approach, I outline the importance of visual art in a democracy, specifically in the United States. Art, unlike propaganda, allows the public to discuss political agendas through a visual medium. Art can be used as a tool to articulate the public’s political wants and needs, therefore, being an agent in a democratic government. Although the relationship between art and democracy occurs before 1945, this literature solely focuses on art in the modern and post-modern era, a period that experienced great political activism and emerging art forms.

Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art movements of the 1950s, had direct inspiration from the American economy – domestically and internationally. In both instances the government utilized art that was inspired by the people to support political agendas. The art of the 1960’s sparked discussion surrounding the Civil Rights issues. America not only faced inequality with race, but also of sex. Artists challenged these social norms through art, which led to changes to law and policy eliminating discriminated based on sex and race.

On a larger scale, art tests the American democracy on the national and international arena. Artist can use the visual medium to send a message to the government and the government has the option to respond. Visual art is necessary for a democracy to rightly function as it intends to influence, critique, and propel civic agendas and priorities by and for the general public. Democracy is not meant to stay static. On the contrary, for a democracy to function, it must continue to grow and adapt to the needs of the people. Art is a powerful tool for a democracy to rightly function.
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Liberal Studies
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Democracy and the arts
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I hereby grant to the Rutgers University Libraries and to my school the non-exclusive right to archive, reproduce and distribute my thesis or dissertation, in whole or in part, and/or my abstract, in whole or in part, in and from an electronic format, subject to the release date subsequently stipulated in this submittal form and approved by my school. I represent and stipulate that the thesis or dissertation and its abstract are my original work, that they do not infringe or violate any rights of others, and that I make these grants as the sole owner of the rights to my thesis or dissertation and its abstract. I represent that I have obtained written permissions, when necessary, from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis or dissertation and will supply copies of such upon request by my school. I acknowledge that RU ETD and my school will not distribute my thesis or dissertation or its abstract if, in their reasonable judgment, they believe all such rights have not been secured. I acknowledge that I retain ownership rights to the copyright of my work. I also retain the right to use all or part of this thesis or dissertation in future works, such as articles or books.
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