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Does an artist have a duty and/or responsibility to his/her society and community? Explain.

Image of Senator Lamar Alexander, R-TN, speaks to the America Nuclear Society about the future of nuclear energy in the U.S. during a conference in Washington on November 16, 2009. Photo by UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg. Retrieved from EBSCO Host Image Collection database. While you are working on the essay for this module, which uses the natural sciences to examine an ethical issue, we will be examining ethical challenges in other liberal arts disciplines.

This is a discussion and so you should review your instructor’s specific guidelines on discussion participation for additional information.

Begin by reviewing the following resources:

The Module Notes, “Thinking Critically about Ethical Dilemmas in the Natural Sciences”
Rolling, JR., J.H. (2013) Art as social responsibility: Reframing critical thinking in art education as a basis for altruistic intent.
Darren Mahuron Art-A Social Responsibility. [Video, File 16:17 mins]

Next, after you have reviewed this material, please address the following question in your initial post of 250+ words, including at least 2 additional academic resources.

Does an artist have a duty and/or responsibility to his/her society and community?
Should the fine/performing arts (music, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.) focus on entertaining, enlivening, and decorating our world? Is that enough, or must an artist ALSO help us to embrace the things we fear, loath, or ignore in order to be a “true artist”? Why/why not?


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