I work in a world-class museum with a low salary to pay for my studio. (And I regret renting a studio, which I will write about it someday.) I often feel hopeless and regretful. So I wrote down the reasons ‘why the world needs artists’ to cheer myself up.
- To provide a unique way of looking at the world.
- To challenge social expectations.
- To provide ‘methods’ to articulate complicated emotions
- To provide entertainment (sensory, dramatic experience, novelty, special memories, healing, humor, wit, making sense of something terrible)
- To create new knowledge, information, and insight (investigation, invention, experiment).
- To be a leader (time management, living one’s fullest potential, how to deal with rejection and self-doubt).
- To provide a form of communication and negotiation with others, especially those who have opposite stances.
- To study decision making
- To add value to other businesses/ products.
- To provide a sense of experiment (when others consume your art as if they were the one experimenting with life/ to get in touch with their inner artist/ fully lived their life)
- To encourage ‘outsiders’ to find their own community, everyone feels misunderstood at some point in their life.
- To entertain one’s desire for authenticity.
I look at the list and I am still not convinced.