Sadly, this is the majority view of what an “artist” is, and if you ask me, that’s fine. If the worldview is going to be limiting, then I don’t need to be an artist, and neither do you. I’m much more interested in being an innovator, in bringing about change. You don’t have to be an artist to spark change, but you do have to create art. There is no typecast that can be done for those who create art. Art is no longer confined to the “artist.” In fact, it never has been.
Art is a work produced by human creative skill and imagination.
The memo that changed the way your company does business…art.
The fundraiser organized by the twelve-year-old to support cancer research…art.
The mother who holds a Wednesday afternoon “book club” in order to make her kid’s mandatory summer reading more fun…art.
Society loves to put boundaries on what an artist can and cannot be. They put a face on it and say, “This is what an artist looks like.” But you cannot put a face on art. Ground breaking creators like Howard Schultz, Mother Teresea, and Albert Einstein have very little in common, and they certainly do not fit the classic artist stereotype. What they do have in common though, is they used their creative skill and imagination to usher in a new way of looking at the world.
This is the opportunity that awaits us every single day, to make art, no matter what we dress, sound, act, or look like.
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