On Sunday, January 30, 2011, I was horribly disturbed by a conversation between TOTALLY smart and better-than-everyone-undergraduates that I overheard in the subway on the way to work. Here is the conversation….before I exited the subway car before my head exploded:
"Art is, like, the most worthless degree anyone can get. Like, haha, they have a degree in making shit with pop sicle sticks.”
Now I’m not naïve, I realize that this really is what some people think about art who don’t live artistic lives, 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 enraged me (and what I have realized about myself is that it usually takes a bout of anger to get me moving), so, in artistic fashion, I want to make a book full of rebuttals to the “art is worthless” debate. That is to say, a book full of “Oh yeah! Art is worthless? Take this!” But with a bit more research and validity, of course :)
Art is too important to let conversations like this one be ignored. I don’t want the people running this country when i’m old and feeble to not appreciate what I dedicated my entire life to, you know? I would feel like I hadn’t accomplished anything.
Let’s do this thing!
Artists have to be their own advocates. Artists need to disprove the myths of being elite and their work too complex to be understood. In this book, art activists from across the country joined together to illustrate why the arts are essential to humanity.
Buy your copy of the 2011 Pennsylvania Edition, the 2011 Children’s Edition and the 2011 Nationwide version at LULU.com. Search for “Artistic Rebuttal Book Project”.