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Expressing Our Imaginations and Feelings

by Harold M Williams - 2008

It is difficult to imagine a human society without the arts. What dark and empty souls would populate such a placeóan environment without paintings, statues, architecture, drama, music, dances, or poems. The arts define what we mean by civilization. They are part of the foundation and the framework of our culture. As a universal language through which we can express our common aspirations, the arts are a channel to understanding and appreciating other cultures. To be conversant with the arts is to be a civilized person, to be cultured.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 14, 2008, p. 64-68
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 22834, Date Accessed: 1/19/2020 10:15:22 PM

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  • Harold Williams

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    Harold M. Williams was President of the J. Paul Getty Trust from 1981 until his retirement in 1998. This speech was delivered to the Presidentís Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, Washington, D.C. on October 3, 1991. This selection was drawn from and reprinted with permission of Vital Speeches of the Day.
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