You don’t have to be wealthy to be a patron
17 March 2009 4 Comments
Yesterday I watched a video over at Diary of an Arts Pastor. In the spot, David Taylor talks specifically about his vision for artistic renewal in Austin, Texas. I’m not exactly sure what I think of the video, but it did convey some worthwhile ideas. One idea that I latched onto is one I’d already been thinking about this year:
This is probably coming out of my burgeoning desire to be a catalyst (a desire that’s been burgeoning, as it were, for the past ten years). It was helped along by the ceramic art my wife gave me for Christmas.
I haven’t fleshed this idea out yet, that you don’t have to be rich to be a patron of the arts, but there seem to be some basic places a person could start. Add new art to your budget, for instance. Give art as gifts, as my wife did. Befriend artists and become part of their street team; word-of-mouth is the best marketing.
If you don’t think you have money in your budget to buy art you haven’t visited the right venues lately. Look at Etsy (yes, there are imaginative and well-crafted plastic arts on this website amidst the ubiquitous jewelry and handbag collections) or other online galleries. Seek out aspiring artists who don’t charge as much for their pieces, which is the best kind of artistic investment anyway. Barter works as well. Maybe you’re a web programmer; trade website design for a painting or sculpture.
Any other ideas?