There is Art deficit. We are lacking in creativity. Access to creativity. Platforms of creativity. Money is tight. Pinched pockets and cinched tighter then ever creating Art almost seems impossible at times.
Lets change Art to Medicine. Imagine that there is a Medicine deficit. No one wants to see a doctor. No one want to hear what she has to say. She sits there. Frustrated and lost and poor. Does she give up and go and work in a call centre or does she understand that as a doctor she has a greater purpose to keep people in good health. Take a look at the hospitals of Aleppo in Syria, there are doctors fighting for their communities lives. They could leave and be safe. But they stay to protect the people that they serve. If they leave, what will happen to victims of bombs and building collapses and shrapnel wounds? They stay seeing that they are needed.
Lets change it back to Art. We have to put the breaks on in the face of the devaluing of the Arts. We have to stay and fight, engage people in the act of creativity or what will we be?
Our society will resemble some kind of dystopian future. There will be no need for words, because self expression has been limited. Windows would be deemed unnecessary. The outside world untouched, spoilt by the erosion and climate change occurring in the planet by previous generations. You don’t need to look at a barren wasteland. The outside world has nothing about it. There is no oxygen. Trees are all gone. A points system in place where academics collect the highest numbers. Everyone else becomes a drone in the machine that keeps society functioning. That is it. Function. That is all that is left. Art has become irrelevant. Somewhere in these communities are Artists who fight to create. To reflect the world around them.
Its to easy to say, I’m not working for free. I’m not making Art for free. A doctor wouldn’t so why should I? A doctor would though. He would work for free in order to keep people alive and healthy. A doctor would do this if there was no other option. We all need an income to pay our bills, feed our children, keep a roof over our heads. Can we really not offer a percentage of our time for free to keep creativity alive?
The arts need protecting for blood sucking vultures who think it is acceptable to not pay artists appropriately. I am the first to say, that being paid for your work is important. However, sometimes we have to take a look at the bigger picture and find a way to create work that is isn’t paid in line with what you would expect. Take a leap, I strongly believe that in the long run you will gain more back then you are giving away.