Thursday, December 15, 2005

Why our artists not getting respect?

Remember when artists use to be one of the most well respected people in the community? They were the ones that our leaders & scholars consulted with for major concepts & ideas to help change the world.

What happened to that respect?

Nowadays, artists (both visual & musical) are viewed as the nuts of society. While our Hollywood stars and sports figures are earning millions of dollars a year; other artists are being nickeled and dimed and can't even afford to pay rent.

Hello America! We are great thinkers too you know. Many of us have degrees in education, mathematics, engineering, medicine and psychology. With out us many of your children would not be the critical & logical thinks that they are. So would you please stop pulling funding away from art, music and science programs. Stop telling your children that artist are always struggling & not happy people who are homeless.

If you supported you local artists like you support your NY Yankees or Boston Red Sox we would all be on the same playing field economically. Remember, you wouldn't be where you are without us. Think about that the next time turn your nose up to an abstract painting at a gallery.


Unknown said...

Nobody respects art. it doesn't sell papers, or make big headlines, unless it has a sprk of scandal in the matieral. That's the bane of all artists. How can one make beauty, and all we see and hear is about the garbage of the world?

***Getting off soapbox now***

Trina Slade-Burks said...

I know. Isn't sad?

Anonymous said...

I love the way you stated this.

Anonymous said...

Actually it will make headlines when people embrace it. Look at the NBA it was dying until Bird and Magic breathed life into it and suddenly it was worthy of being talked about and that meant merchandising and headlines ...

If we start buying the art in droves. It will make headlines. Unfortunately many artists then would become celebrities and we know what happens to the art next

Trina Slade-Burks said...

Yes. Very true.

And yes there may even be the Tom Cruises of art who will get commerical and still lake talent. But there also may be a Denzel or a Kate Hepburn of art who are humble about their career.