Art is Vital in our Everyday Lives

We express our beliefs, our ethnicities, our financial status - even our sports team preferences. It shows up in how we dress, what we read and our many big and small rituals. Explore the ways cultures use the arts; read news and science articles; deep dive into the specific arts such as music or storytelling; and find ways to engage your children in conversations about art in their lives.
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Down a Peg
Down a Peg: A Book About Art & Culture That Isn’t Stuffy, Highbrow, Reverential, Boring or Elitist
The arts make us human. They pull us together and tear us apart. They help us feel safe - and loved. And they bring that va-va-voom into our days (and nights).

From the bone-shaking stomp-stomp-clap of a live concert to the world’s ubiquitous use of emojis and the chill-inducing impact of a swastika, Art In Real Life Founder Susan Adam draws you into the biology and psychology of the arts.

She makes it personal and fun - a smorgasbord of experiences so familiar that you will see the arts at play in your own life.
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Culture Sleuth
Culture Sleuth

What is your Cultural DNA? Where did all your ideas about the world - and your relationship to it - come from?

Before we even go to school, our home team and the culture around us, show us where we are on the social grid. Here’s what boys do and what girls do. Here’s how people of our faith act. Here’s what being our race means. Our class says what is possible.

Our new Culture Sleuth program puts kids in the driver’s seat to find answers. Armed with questions and a plan, they can invite generations of family to go back to the starting gate - to find the earliest messages in your family’s cultural DNA.

The program now comes with an accompanying workbook as well as an expanded Ace Edition.
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Art - Five Ways

Want to dive into the culture and science of music in our lives? Or fashion? Or storytelling? Or theater & rituals? Or visual arts? This section will help you spot it, interpret it and leverage it. Why does singing Happy Birthday reduce many of us to tears?

Our Cultural Identities

Who we are, in many ways, is defined by the groups with which we identify. Groups can be masterful at leveraging the arts to promote belonging and fidelity. Explore how we learn to fulfill the cultural expectations of our faith, gender, class and ethnicity using the five disciplines (music, storytelling, etc.)

Talking with our Children

Imagine arming our children with insights into the purpose and function of all the cultural messaging surrounding them. Conversation hints - not lessons - will help you connect and explore together the influences in their lives.

In the News

Articles from other new sources (standard media outlets and scientific postings) covering contemporary issues and activities with an Art in Real Life POV.