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What defines art? Most people think of Picasso or Van Gogh, oil paintings and sketches and sculptures. However, there is so much more to art. It goes beyond the limits of what one can do with a piece of paper and a pencil, crayons, ink, or paint. It goes beyond what we can physically mold with our hands. It reaches to acting - painting pictures on a stage with our bodies and dialogue. It goes to music - drawing pictures in the mind that take you places with a song. It stretches itself into dancing - portraying emotions and stories through our bodies. It takes the form in writing - being transported somewhere else through a good story or being dropped into someone's train of thought through an essay. Art is all these things and more. It pushes beyond barriers to help us see things we'd never see in ways we'd don't always see. It's the key that opens the parts of our minds that remain hidden away and untouched until we see, hear, feel, or touch something that unlocks it.
Contributed by Ashley Phang