What is Operation: Bring Art to the People?
Just when I think I have my art career figured out, I get a new epiphany that turns my world upside down and makes me re-think why I’m doing what I do. Here’s the simple breakdown:
- Art is an investment not an expense. This statement holds true to art work we buy for our homes and public art funding for our city and state. When we experience art, we engage not only our visual senses, but also engage our mind and feed our soul and it’s important that everyone have access to this powerful medium.
- Unfortunately, the state of Florida and the city of Jacksonville both lack sufficient public art funding; the arts is often seen as an elective in schools and is quick to get cut out of curriculum; and the lack of art funding has caused a great disconnect between those who get to reap the benefits of a strong art sector and those who don’t have access to the art sector.
- According to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville, for every dollar spent on the arts in Jacksonville, there is a $22 return! Research across our nation shows how valuable a thriving art & culture scene is to the health of every community. A strong art sector not only makes our city a more attractive place to visit, but it also encourages pedestrian traffic which is needed for a thriving local business market, more business means more jobs, more tax revenue, more money being pumped into our local economy and that’s just for starters.
- Research has shown the healing power of art, the positive effects that studying art has on thinking, learning, and social awareness.
With so many positive benefits from reaped from a strong art sector, we must ask ourselves: How can we bring the benefits of the arts to each other?
As an individual, I have purposed myself to make art that engages, empowers and expresses love. OPERATION: Bring Art to the People not only uses random acts of free art kindness (aka Art Drops), but I also incorporate the use of social media to share my latest creations with the masses & to be an outspoken advocate & supporter for the arts and more specifically the artists who create the art.
Art matters and the benefits of art should be available to all. With a creative spirit, with your help to spread the word, and with your support, we can all start changing the tides so that we can all live in a city, state, and nation that we’re proud to call our own.