I'm finding I have a very different idea of what an "artist" is than most people. I've taught a few young aspiring artists over the years and it seems like all of them have been come in preprogramed with the message of "don't be an artist, there's no money in art... do something valuable for a career that makes money". The training in arts is put down at a very low level and trivialized in most peoples minds. The problem is I think people are drawing way too small of a circle when they think about being an "artist" is, and what one can do with art. I think art education programs really do themselves no favors and ironically help perpetuate this message themselves. Most people think of fine artists, gallery artists, and those artist in the weekend art show in the park, when they think about artists. They look back at what art is in art history books and look to find the nearest equivalent of that today.
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