Walker Art Center

Art Today

Schools and Teachers

Living in Our Time

Grades K-12

Much of today’s art addresses the question “What does it mean to live in our world today?”
The world has become so interconnected that we call it a global society. Technologies such as the Internet and satellite communications have blurred national and cultural boundaries. Many people travel great distances for economic reasons, as tourists, or as refugees from political turmoil or natural disasters. For artists who have moved between cultures, questions of personal and cultural identity are often central to their work. Racism, poverty, political unrest, world health crises, environmental concerns, and terrorism have plagued us for generations, and artists often feel passionately about such social and political issues. Many have become activists, trying to raise awareness of issues, pose questions, and work to change society through their art.

How can art change society?
How can art help us live in our time?

Gallery tour at the Walker Art Center
2003