Friday, May 22, 2009
Art For Profit?
This is an interesting article from the great site Chicago Artists' Resource. It's about dance, specifically, but I think it's applicable rather more broadly. We've inherited the idea of non-profit arts organizations and rarely question it, but like all things I think it's worth examination. The stark difference between "commercial" art and "Art" art (forgodssake) is not new, I admit, but it is a bit oppressive. The indie rock world, at its worst, is so engulfed by this kind of bifurcated thinking that commercial success is actually equivalent to aesthetic irrelevance. I wonder then if non-profit is as much a kind of badge as it is a business model, and if that's true, if it is a badge worth wearing. Examination may prove that it is, but I think it might be refreshing to find out the hard way.