State of the Arts Arizona

Local arts and culture groups entertain us, connect our communities, and help attract new businesses and residents to Arizona. Nonprofit arts organizations were in a precarious situation before the virus altered our world. Now, they are adapting to new methods of providing services while trying to remain relevant. State of the Arts Arizona focuses on how arts nonprofits are connecting with us no matter what the circumstances. This podcast series is supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

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Episode 8: Art, Authenticity, and Changing Minds

ASU Art Museum
ASU Art Museum
Anthony J. Wallace

What exactly is empathy? And why is it so important? It can solve many of humanity’s worst self-inflicted problems, but it can be hard to muster up and inspire in others. However, research does show that empathy can be taught—passed from one person to another—and that art can make that happen. On this episode, we hear from artists from opposite ends of the Earth who both use their work to prompt people to see the world from a different perspective. And we hear from researchers who’ve investigated just how impactful this perspective shift can be, and what needs to be done in order for people to experience it. 

Anthony J. Wallace