S8E4: How can art help enrich our lives and solve everyday problems?

Art — whether it’s created on a page or computer or in a studio or theater — can do more than showcase creativity for amusement and cultural enrichment. Art can help teach people about historical and contemporary societies, advance research, support economic development and combat daily and systemic issues.

Inspired by the significance and utility of art, the University of Maine Arts Initiative was formed to increase resources and support for creative works, reinforce their significance and enhance their visibility. The initiative also aims to break down the silos between artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders so they can work together to solve problems and enrich, enlighten and ease the lives of the people in Maine.

In this episode of “The Maine Question,” several UMaine faculty with backgrounds in art, history and science discuss the various roles art plays on campus and elsewhere.