I’ve been thinking a lot about art and The Arts lately. My job at the opera depends on funding from all kinds of sources, public and private, and there has been a lot of discussion in the local arts community about the decision to include the arts in the bailout package.
I don’t usually blog about politics and I don’t really intend to start- what I really want to do is say thank you. If you bought tickets, went to the museum, or made a contribution to an arts organization- thank you. I have been fortunate enough to work at a job I love most of my life because of you.
I know times are hard and if you are struggling then money for the arts seems frivolous. I’m not buying tickets for anything right now either. It’s particularly difficult, I think, to be concerned about the arts if you are trying to decide between paying the morgage or the health insurance. It’s like feeling sorry for someone who had to give up a yearly skiing trip or trade the Lexus in for an Accord.
Someday, though we may all be wondering what happened to the opera or why the museum has such a paltry collection or why the Broadway shows don’t tour anymore or even why the sets or costumes at Cirque or Disneyland aren’t as creative as they used to be. So, in the mean time, please encourage your children to keep painting, play acting, dancing, and practicing their band instruments. Then those who turn out to have real talent and a desire for a career in the arts might just be able to have one because some other kid learned to think creatively in art class, invented some new important whiznet thingamajig, and now has money to help fund the arts.
Over on Logan’s Blog , there’s a contest- comment on her class project sweater inspired by a female body part and be entered in a drawing for some yarn. Don’t be afraid- it’s not anatomically correct- more of a suggestion. If you do comment be sure to note that you found out about it here.
It did rather remind me though, that in my colorful past I was once gifted with an art piece based on the same female part. I’m not going to actually write it out because if you are reading this at work and your security filters are anything like the ones at the opera it will tell you this site is pornographic and frankly, you should be able to figure it out from the description. Unless you are male and under the age of ten. In which case your mother wants you get off the computer and take the garbage out NOW. An art student friend made it in her sculpture class from a large cardboard appliance box (a washer, I think) some fur coat scraps, some pink crescent shaped pillows and some other found objects. She cut a almond shaped hole in the front and painted a bull’s eye on the inside back wall. Our cats liked to sleep in it and it was always quite a conversation stopper when one of them emerged thru the hole while company was visiting. At least one visitor thought the cat was part of his trip and only he could see it. He was relieved to find out it was real. The box finally went out to the dumpster when the fur bits began to peel off but I can’t help but wonder if it would be collector’s item today. EBay listing: Wish you had been a hippie? Here’s your chance to own little bit of the 60’s