How can the arts have an impact in the world?

How can the arts have an impact in the world? It might be the quest for inspiration outside of our usual ways of thinking and acting as live each day. It could be the transforming force that gets kick-started when we access another part of our brains and create. I was enlivened, inspired, delighted in a conversation today, as the person beside me exclaimed 'I think the arts will change the world!'  To this my heart responded with a resounding YES! As more individuals, communities, professional groups and families become receptive to how living with imagination can open up remarkable possibilities, small shifts are happening. The harnessing of creativity as its own life force is a powerful thing.

How have you been impacted, influenced, encouraged by some form of art and creativity?