I read a thought provoking essay recently and wanted to share it. The author/artist, Sharon Griffes Tarr, said:
“If we who make art were to talk more to folks about the fact that our art is a visual conversation with them, that it expresses our love, emotion, feelings, ideas and concepts about the world we live in than folks might be able to connect. If they understood that art does for the eyes and soul the same thing that music does for the ears and soul, they might understand that it is for everyone, not just the rich.”
and she goes on to say:
“Imagine if you will, that in 2015, we artists were to make a collective effort to help teach the children in our communities the concept of art being a visual conversation. If we were to discuss this idea with the adults we come in contact with perhaps we could begin to make a difference….Perhaps we could even have an impact on school administrators who are so quick to cut fine art budgets … ”
I just love her analogy to art and music. you don’t need a formal education in music to appreciate it and have it move you. The same applies to art! Such a powerful idea to spread.
You can read her essay on her blog.