The arts are a large part of culture, and the word means much more than "art". The arts include visual arts, literary arts (i.e. books and other writings) and performing arts (i.e. music, dance, drama).
Sometimes, in universities, it is shorthand for a wider group of subjects which are properly called the humanities. These include philosophy, theology, literature, languages, and history as well.
"The arts" are usually contrasted with "The sciences".
Visual arts consist of any art that can be seen. This form of art doesn't change once it has been made.
Architecture is the art and science behind building and sculpture design. Architecture as an art involves making something look beautiful and appealing to others.
Conceptual Art is art in which the idea is more important than the actual beauty of the object.
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- Dictionary of the history of ideas — Classification of the arts Archived 2006-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
- Open Directory — Arts Archived 2007-01-26 at the Wayback Machine
- National Endowment for the Arts — USA Archived 2008-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Arts Council — England
- Americans for the Arts
- ArtsJournal — Daily Arts News
- Arts — New York Times
- Arts — The Times
- Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA) Archived 2006-01-27 at the Wayback Machine
- History of Art: From Paleolithic Age to Contemporary Art