Modern Arts in a Modern World

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Beginning around the 20th century, with the rapid transformation of societal expectations and demands over time, the modern world seems to place greater emphasis and weight on career-focused fields than the arts. As the coronavirus pandemic left a meager 4% of U.S. institutions fully in-person with budget cuts, limited university funding, and labor force vacancies, arts education is asked to address all of its challenges and losses with fewer resources than ever before. For a field that requires expensive equipment, intimate teaching dynamics, and — most important of all — a stage and a live audience, the arts must rethink its purpose, redefine its education methodology, and revitalize career prospects in order to reinstate its importance as a field, counteracting negative public attitudes and pandemic-produced disruptions all the while. 

Over the past year, remote arts education has faced similar issues as other disciplines have, but to a…

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