Beauty is a subjective matter, but keeping an open mind towards all types of beauty is crucial

We are inquisitive beings, we want to discover and to understand, to feel and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. The moral conscience finds itself in a continuous growth and it is shaped by emotional, cognitive and cultural traits.

We are aware that the aesthetic education is seen as a luxury according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, although, according to the same hierarchy, we admit that the top achievements bring us the greatest satisfaction. Moreover, the need of having developed aesthetic judgement in the globalized and cosmopolitan world we live in is crucial. On the whole, getting close to aesthetical values adds up to the culture of an individual and to the delineation of his intellectual and psychological profile.

The aesthetic judgement opens new cultural, citizen and scientific horizons, but mainly the moral ones. When it comes to personal development, it is of great importance being in contact with concepts of beauty in all aspects and forms. To the moral level should be most invested in, as it is the most clear image of us as individuals and as citizens having spiritual duties.

The wish to develop the aesthetic conscience, taste, ideal and also the good judgement should be imbued from an early age, as that is the time when we assimilate all the concepts of art and beauty. Pablo Picasso has claimed that “every child is born an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist when he grows up”, with reference to creativity and to neglecting the artistic side of a child.

The most famous approach of aesthetic education is by developing the existing concept of beauty regarding art and society from the perspective of human behavior and social organization. An experiment carried out by the journalist Esther Honig has demonstrated how different cultures perceive beauty and to which extent they comply to it. Thus, she sent an unedited picture of herself to nineteen graphic artists and asked them one thing: “beautify me”. The results speak for themselves.

On the same lines, “Cultural Agora @ Your Library” challenges the citizens of the four richest counties when it comes to ethnic groups, to tell a story, to take a break from their daily chores in order to analyse and appreciate the cultural diversity and the various attitudes towards aesthetics, beauty and daily life, from clothing to make-up, from interior design to the manner of having dinner and so on.

You can subscribe to such stories on the Facebook page of the project, where you can find more stories, filled with life experience, told by the elders, by the young or by children, mostly members of the ethnic groups in Romania.

Cultural Agora @ Your Library is a project implemented by ANBPR in affiliation with Jazzmontor AS Norvegia and REPLIKA Cultural Association, financed through the SEE 2009-2014 Grants, the PA17/RO13 Programme “The Promotion of diversity of culture and art within the European heritage” (




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