Half a Million Years of Art History
How the Human Origins of Art Can Change Arts Education Today



To move the arts and arts education into the future, we must look millions of years into the past, into the evolutionary history of our species and the role the arts have played in making us human. We are faced with unprecedented opportunities for a new symbiosis between the arts and sciences. For these two disciplines to assume their rightfully vital places in the education of future generations, they must acknowledge their mutual interdependence. Arts education must acknowledge and teach the science of beauty and science education, the beauty of science.


Written byEric Gunther, Jeff Lieberman
IllustrationsFardad Faridi
Many thanks toEO Wilson, Ellen Dissanayake, and Frederick Turner


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Originally written as a chapter for the book "20 Under 40: Reinventing the arts and arts education for the 21st century," edited by Ed Clapp.