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Why do Americans hate artists?

September 2, 2009

According to Rand Research for the Arts, 96% of Americans value art in their communities and lives, but only 27% of Americans believe that artists are valuable members of society.  Why do you think Americans devalue artists?

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  1. Susie permalink
    September 2, 2009 12:05 pm

    Well, I do agree that Being an Artist is seldom what mummy and daddy envision as a bright prospect for their kiddies. And perhaps if you want to be angry there’s enough material there.

    However, I looked at the Rand website to find this report and while I was not able to read it without shelling out $7 (which is a bit much even for me, just to be able to comment intelligently on your blog), the excerpt was much more geared in this direction: “They argue that arts policies have long focused on supporting supply and expanding access while neglecting demand, which calls for cultivating the capacity of individuals to have engaging experiences with the arts.” (lifted from the article abstract on the Rand website)

    A bit more nuanced, wouldn’t you agree? And while I find your credit card comment annoying, it is actually supported by this focus – people who have not been taught the value of art will not shell out the money.

    While I entered “nice try” in my poll, I would like to take it back and go with “most Americans don’t realize.” Added with a dose of “people don’t realize that Art expresses more than the artist’s self. It’s not an indulgence by the artist.” Which I think is another prevalent attitude.

    Thanks for the thought-provocation.

    • sleepmachinery permalink*
      September 3, 2009 12:07 am

      Wow, Suz! I appreciate it that you took the time and effort to write this. You made some really great points. Thanks for being such an active participant!

  2. mirtis permalink
    October 11, 2009 6:13 pm

    Art is not a line production, need time, soul , inspiration,
    things that normally we don’t practice , the results can
    feed your mood , and your inspiration but not exactly
    your cash , maybe is one of the facts that is not for everybody

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