I’ve appreciate the way Seth Godin defines art:
“I define art as having nothing at all to do with painting.
Art is a human act, a generous contribution, something that might not work, and it is intended to change the recipient for the better, often causing a connection to happen.
Five elements that are difficult to find and worth seeking out. Human, generous, risky, change and connection.
You can be perfect or you can make art.
You can keep track of what you get in return, or you can make art.
You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.
The most difficult part might be in choosing whether you want to make art at all, and committing to what it requires of you.”
You may be an artist or not. You may know your way around a potter’s wheel, or have two left feet in your drawing ability. No paint brush or canvas required.
In times of uncertainty, and when the world needs competent leadership, your art is crucial.
We all have art to share because of a shared humanity. Your offering may be an actual piece of art to brighten someone’s day. A novel, dance number, or paint on canvas.
Or, your art a generous contribution of time, presence, and leadership. Our art may entail caring for children or the elderly. The arena of your art may be a corporation, nonprofit, church, or a home. We all have something to bring, and we all can contribute.
The gift of living in a time of uncertainty, and dealing with a pandemic like the COVID-19 virus, it forces us to rethink our ways of doing things, as Godin says,
“You can enjoy the status quo, or you can make art.”
Art never leaves things the same. Some of the greatest advancements in every discipline came in times of great suffering (i.e. the printing press during the Protestant Reformation).
Art isn’t about perfection, but trying something and seeing what sticks.
In uncertain times, scary times, and moments where things appear unstable. We need your art more than ever.
What kind of art will we make today?