I feel that art is necessary because it allows us to be human, and express what we're feeling and show others what we see. It helps us to record past events and periods in history through the eyes of a human for the future to see. It also is a good way for people to communicate their thoughts and feelings when they can't just express it in words. And for many people, that is true: due to a disability, people might not be able to write down or say what they feel or think, but can give others a visual representation of what they feel or think. That is often true for me, since my Asperger's often gets in the way of my verbal communication skills, I have used art to express feelings and thoughts without the limitations of words. It has helped me reach people on a more personal level, a level that causes them to see the situation from my point of view as well, resulting in almost instant empathy.