Calling All Art Lovers,
One afternoon in late January, I was horribly disturbed by a conversation between a group of brand new college kids that I overheard in the Philadelphia subway on the way to the theater in which I work as a prop painter.
The conversation....what I heard before I exited the subway car so MY HEAD DIDN'T EXPLODE....went a little like this:
“Art is, like, the most worthless degree anyone can get. Like, haha, they have a degree in making shit with Popsicle sticks and string.”
Now I am not naïve, I realize that this is what some people think about art who do not embrace art as a whole, but people this young? I thought the youth of this country were more appreciative of art as a lifestyle and a valid career choice. Their sentiments severely disappointed me, but, as an born arts advocate, I knew I had to take action.
So, in artistic fashion, I put out a call for artists to make a book full of rebuttals to the “art is worthless” debate. Today, thousands of professionals of the visual, performing, musical and written-word persuasion, arts administrators and arts appreciators have been contacted and hundreds confirmed in coming together to make their own visually rendered statements about the importance of art, where art is hiding that the non-artist does not see and/or statistics about how much money from any art-related field contributes to the economy.
Art is too important to let conversations like this one be ignored, and all of us who love what we do can advocate on arts behalf everyday of our lives. I do not want the people running this country when I am old and cannot lift my hand to paint any more to not appreciate what I dedicated my entire life to. I would feel like I had not accomplished anything.
This is grassroots arts advocacy at its best: Artists and art lovers coming together to creatively fight for their livelihoods. There are plans to have the book be distributed all over the country (then the WORLD!), as there are art lovers representing 50+ American cities so far, plus a few international, with numbers growing daily.
The deadline to submit a rebuttal is May 15th. The book will go into production shortly after. All funds donated on Kickstarter will go towards printing free books to give out for first, the children who contribute to the Rebuttal Book, then (and if we earn enough) free books for all! Oh wishful thinking!
Anyone who is interested in contributing to the book, knows of a place where this book can find a home, or has any questions, can visit http://artisticrebuttal.tumblr.com for image requirements or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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