A few months ago, a friend sent me an message about a project titled “Artistic Rebuttal” that was being put together by Amy Scheidegger that, in short, would be in support of the arts. Here is what Amy wrote about her intentions, inspiration and requests for this project:
The other day, when I was on my way to a theater in which I work as a prop painter, I was horribly disturbed by a conversation between eight ‘better than everyone’ undergraduates who shared my car on the Philadelphia subway. The conversation (what I heard before I exited the subway car so my head wouldn’t explode) went a little like this:
“Art is, like, the most worthless degree anyone can get. Like, ha-ha, they have a degree in making sh!@ with Popsicle sticks and string.”
Now, I’m not naïve. I realize that this is what some of those who don’t live artistic lives really think about art; but people this young? I thought the youth of America was more appreciative of art as a lifestyle and a valid career choice.
Their sentiments enraged me. (I’ve realized that it usually takes a bout of anger to get me moving.) So, in artistic fashion, I’ve decided to channel the anger I felt at their mockery into a book of artistic rebuttals.
If you are an artist, an art lover, or a lover of an artist, and would like to help me protest the sad mentality of these undergrads, and others like them, you can send me ‘a rebuttal’ for consideration to be included in this book.
The response has already been fantastic. I e-mailed around 600 artists (of the visual, performing, musical and written word persuasion), arts-administrators and arts-appreciators; and it snowballed from there. As of now, about 1,300 people have been contacted, and 50 have confirmed their interest in coming together to make artistic statements about the importance of art, where art is hiding that the non-artist doesn’t see, and the amount of money that is spent on art on the local, state and national levels.
A book like this, with the goal of proving, to disbelievers, the essential nature of art, won’t be effective if it’s only passed back and forth between artists; so a marketing plan to get it in front of people outside of the art-centric bubble is in the works.
Art is too important to let conversations like this be ignored. When I’m old, and can’t lift my hand anymore to paint, I don’t want the people who are running this country devalue what I dedicated my entire life to. I would feel like I hadn’t accomplished anything.
Anyone who is interested in contributing to such a book of artistic rebuttals, knows of a place where this book can find a home, or has any questions, can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries can be of any artistic medium, sized 9″ x 7″. They can be scanned and e-mailed, sized at least 300dpi, to email@example.com. Include your name, city and profession in your e-mail.
Entries are due May 15, and the book will be self-published shortly thereafter.
As an art teacher I’ve heard the whole poo on a popsicle stick complaint before. So, needless to say, I wanted to be a part of this to show that art is much more than poo on popsicle sticks. If I couldn’t “make stuff” I would explode. That is how God made me and this desire to create is God given as well. My entry was really meant to challenge people just to take a minute to think about what the world would be like with no art. Seriously, artistic design is everywhere. And without God, the very first artist, we would all be without life and inspiration.
If you can’t read what the text in my image this is what it reads:
“This is a billboard, a movie screen, a television set, a canvas, a postcard, a book cover, a photo, a poster, a dvd cover, a stained glass window, a piece of fabric, a store window, a wall, your wall, my wall, a cave wall….IN A WORLD WITH NO ART.”
For more info on the project click HERE. My entry is also going to be in an exhibit in a space in Philadelphia as well. Super excited about that!