No one can tell me there’s no future in the Arts or music is a waste of time or it’s too risky of a career path, etc… countless composers throughout history, writers -all the way back to when papyrus was first created, the last three centuries of inventors and dreamers, and then, of course, many of my students, studio alumni, and myself are ALL proof that when you do what you love, it loves you right on back.
This leads me to a sensitive subject…that’s right…lean on in….
We. must. do. better. as educators, administrators, parents, and communities to lift up and celebrate our young artists as much as we do our amazing and high achieving student athletes and scholars.
We need to reframe the Arts as essential. Not in the same way nurses and mail delivery people are, but essential in the way that the minute we were locked down we turned to entertainers and producers and graphic designers and culinary artists and authors and photographers and illustrators to give us refuge and comfort in what has turned out to be a historically terrifying time.
We binge watched series after series, we recorded ourselves singing on our front porches, we painted pictures of rainbows to decorate our windows, we read and listened to podcasts (mostly about murder, but whatever…).
We turned to artists.
“But, Heidi, I want my child to have a steady paycheck someday!”
This pandemic has proven that the world doesn’t just live for the 9 to 5.
The minute we had to fill our time with something other than the daily grind and 𝘓𝘐𝘝𝘐𝘕𝘎 was all we had to do, we did so with an appreciation of art, of nature, of creativity, of music, and of stories (yes, yes, some were about murder, and we’ll unpack that at a later date).
We let the artists and musicians and writers and actors and advertisers and directors and costume designers and graphic designers and SINGERS steady us in an unstable world.
There’s a “future” in the Arts. We’ve proven it. Now, we need to put our mouths where are money goes and reassure our young musicians, singers, artists, and designers that the future will be what 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺make it.
Let’s teach our young people to trust themselves by celebrating their interests, and not only the ones we think they should have.