Tweekly for April 19, 2014

Before I get to my top tweets from the past couple of weeks, I have something on my mind. . . . Nineteen years ago I was living in Oklahoma City when our museum doors blew open and we simultaneously heard an explosion. The days that followed are both unforgettable and seem like a lifetime ago. I hope we never forget that senseless attack on innocent people or the, sadly, additional ones we hear about every day. [...]

In the Service of Society < Deep Thought

Marina Abramovic from MoMA video

Artists have to be the servant to society. – Marina Abramovic. Discuss. [...]

Advice for Local Arts Agencies

Kate Ruddle

Artists are what defines any arts agency, be it an arts council, commission, or board. Artists are the reason you exist. Artists can be your best advocates or your biggest critics. To ensure the artists are on your side . . . [...]

Local Artists < Deep Thought Thursday

Do you think your municipal, county, and state art agencies (councils, commissions) do enough to support local artists? What more could they be doing? [...]

Nurture your community

When we think about creating, we usually consider it to be a one-way conversation: the creator speaks, writes, paints, sculpts, dances, etc. and we listen, read, or view. But as a former museum educator, I have always believed that the viewer (or consumer) completes every work of art. Each person who views and shares an artwork adds a new layer of meaning to that work. You, as the artist, can decide whether or not the interpretations are valid, but once you put your art out in the world, you have relinquished total control over it.

Just like a blog, your art is the start of a conversation. If you had only an audience, you would talk at the audience, they would listen, and then they would go home. Picture an audience. Everyone is facing one way. They don’t see anyone’s face other than those sitting or standing next to them and that of the [...]