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Hey YouTubers on DA,
YouTube has connected creative people from across the world and is arguably more than a website and a cultural phenomenon. It is an art museum. Many significant contemporary artists upload videos to YouTube, and the world's most famous museums all have YouTube pages, but surprisingly, there is no visual arts category. There is a movement currently underway to communicate to the decision makers at YouTube, that a visual arts category is needed. At the moment, there is no category for visual artists to upload to. The closest three categories are "howto& style", "education" and "film&animation". Howto&style is dominated by makeup tutorials, workout videos and fashion tips. The Education category does not have a visual arts subcategory, and that is especially scary in a time when so many schools have totally eliminated the arts from their curriculums. Film and animation is the closest match but its classification is much more limiting than a Visual Arts category. History has taught us art can be taken for granted by the generation that creates it and that art has to age like wine before it is excavated, appreciated and placed in museums. If you are considering signing our change.org petition, I am challenging you to think ahead of our time and see that the Louvre of the 21st century is forming before our eyes.YouTube Artists are realizing a dream in social history in that everyone is welcome. We are all curators and stars and ground breaking art is uploaded to YouTube every day. Artists can now connect with other artists in distant corners of the world and share ideas, learn new techniques and make friends. I am inspired by the awesomeness of YouTube every day; but there is one glaring oversight, that can easily be fixed.

Consider these points:

1.) Major museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Getty Museum upload in to the education Category, which does not have a Visual Arts subcategory.
Source- vidstatsx.com/metmuseum/youtub…

2.) Art is a topic that has a similar audience to established categories such as Travel&Liesure and Autos&Vehicles. Source- www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9dgd-…

3.) The Gugenheim Museum collaborated with YouTube on YouTube Play: A Biennial of Creative Video. Link- www.youtube.com/user/playbienn…
Interestingly, the YouTube Play channel uploaded videos in to the People&Blogs and the Film&Animation categories. Source- vidstatsx.com/playbiennial/you…

Please consider signing this petition to help us advocate for a visual arts category on YouTube.
Youtube has an amazing art community and I love YouTube because I have learned from so many other artists and video has given a new dimension to the visual arts. I define YouTube as both a Museum and a School. As an artist, I am able to communicate with artists from around the world and be inspired by great work. As an avid learner, I know that reading and seeing are two totally different things. I have been able to learn so much more from watching artists work in YouTube videos than in any text that I have ever read. There are TENS OF THOUSANDS of art channels on YouTube, and there is no visual arts category for us to upload in to. For years, visual artists have been hidden, despite our great contributions to YouTube. We are once again forced to think "outside the box". I feel that DeviantArt is the most significant art community on the internet and YouTubers can certainly use it as a means to network and exhibit their work. If you are a YouTube artist, please join our group youtubeartistsonda.deviantart.…

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I am kazanjianm on YouTube youtube.com/user/kazanjianm. Before I started posting videos to YouTube, I was a serious Deviant Artist. Im back. -Merrill

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