Everything we touch and use in this world has been affected by the choices of businesses, governments, activist groups and individual people. The instruments we play our music on, our paints and canvases, the plays that we read from, the books that we publish.
What’s the Point? The Artist’s Dilemmaby E.S. Sparks
Austin, Texas US | Jan 23, 2017
A riddle: What is the point of doing something that someone else has already done before, probably better than you could ever possibly do it?
Trump Era Emoticons Just in time for the inauguration!by Michael Ellis
Albuquerque, NM, US | Jan 20, 2017
On this inauguration day, illustrator Michael Ellis offers a custom set of emoticons to help get you through the fresh hell that will be the Trump era.
Dear Little Bobby: Activist Or Artist?by Little Bobby Tucker
Albuquerque, NM, US | Jan 19, 2017
I want to create art which reflects my anger and to protest Trump, but then I will not be making the positive art that I originally planned for this year. I don’t want this fascist to be the reason I do anything, but I also don’t want to ignore what is happening around me. Which direction I should take?
A lot of people I know use nights to drink and van rides to sleep. I like drinking and I love sleeping (especially on long drives). But having hours and hours of downtime, as well as visiting new places, gives a lot of opportunity for personal growth.Read More
One human artist with all the feelings and occasional depression and anxiety cannot—CONSISTENTLY—do all of those things in 12 hours. What you CAN do is figure out how to use your time without burning yourself out. You will get done what you can get done and let the rest go. This is the only way to break the cycle.Read More
You no longer have to be with this person who has clearly been struggling with who they are. I would recommend that you explore, discover and decide who YOU are. You are not just a mom, a wife or an ex-wife.Read More
Creatives all over the country are looking for ways to activate their communities. If you’re in a similar position, one thing you can do to act now is to put on an event that benefits a cause you care about. I talked with four comedy producers that did just that.Read More
Of course I want us all to “do the work” and I want us to avoid the ahistorical bullshit that is part and parcel of Making America Great Again. But I also want those who can be saved through art alone to be saved.Read More
There has been no shortage of wreckage at our feet from this past year and we’ll have to clean it up. There is no getting around that. But kindly, there is a rope ladder to ascend.Read More
I wanted to draw portraits of luminaries who symbolize the blessings of a free, open society that seems suddenly, tragically, imperiled as 2016 draws to a close. Sadly, it was a crowded field.Read More
I cannot remain silent when someone says “We need to get rid of the damn Muslims!” I will not be silent if I hear a family member bash immigrants, particularly when the basher themselves is a grandchild of immigrants.Read More
You don’t need to always be actively pushing your music in everyone’s face. Let people sit with it. Let them dwell on it. Ultimately, your art will speak for itself, so the best you can do is give it to people and let them decide for themselves if they like it or not.Read More
In Albuquerque, two Artists’ Town Hall meetings in the past month have had packed houses, full of the city’s deep well of creatives urgently looking for ways to make a difference in a world of angsty uncertainty. 100+ artists gathered December 12 to work together to identify routes for community and individual action.Read More
There is also the act of allowing her to be angry at you, and accepting it without taking it personally because you are doing it with compassion. This will not be fun or easy, but this is not about fun and easy, this is about helping someone in need.Read More