I was listening to Osho on the needs of people: physical, mental and spiritual. Osho said that a starving man is not interested in art; he has to attend to his physical needs. Once those are met, he can then be free enough to develop his intellectual needs, then those satisfied, he can turn his attention to his spiritual needs.
I originally started my working career as an art teacher. I believed and still believe that art is for everyone. Recent studies have shown that art activities in many cases calm people, bring them happiness and satisfaction. You don't have to be a Picasso to be happy doing something artistic.
In Japan, many people pursue artistic activities. I saw businessmen attending flower arranging classes. Children in schools routinely learn origami, the paper art. I felt respected as an artist when I lived in Japan. I wasn't looked at as weird or strange. This was very refreshing for me.
Art classes have happened and more often not been included in our children's education. It all depends on the budget. Too often, it is one of the first subjects cut in school curriculum. Of course, this has long term affects. Children whose parents can afford 'enrichment' studies find private art teachers.
Which brings me to my topic: art is for rich people. Art is actually expensive. The materials. The frames. The entrance fees into shows. And if you are struggling economically, art is the last thing on the list of where your money will go.
Personally, I can attest to the destructive power of economic challenges. It has taken me almost nine months to finally rebuild my client base and start making money again. During these nine months, I felt like a thief had stolen my creativity.
Then again, I came to realize that although I was not making art, creativity was and is still part of my way of life. Using my ability to find a solution to my work situation was part of my success. I've heard people say, oh, I am not artistic. And yes, in many cases that is true. A better way to look at this is to recognize that we can be creative in other ways. Our best resource is still our ability to use our minds and find solutions! Art itself may be for those who can afford it, but creativity belongs to all of us!