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Uh-Oh Toto, I've a feeling we're not in
the craft store anymore, I thought to myself. This was true, of
course, because when I wear this shirt at the craft store people get
it. They compliment it and give me knowing smiles and fist bumps and
high fives (okay, maybe they don't actually give me fist bumps and
high fives but they want to). Nobody at the craft store would even
think of asking me such a question. Which, quite frankly, makes me
not want to go anywhere but the craft store ever again.
But I digress. I'm sure you're
wondering what witty and insightful reply I gave to this person.
It was this: “It's an artist thing.”
As soon as the words left my mouth I
realized how wrong they were. Fortunately this person was not
offended by my ridiculous answer and moved on but I knew that it was
a cop out. So for the next couple of days I thought about how I
could have answered that question better. How could I have
succinctly expressed why I believe in art, or what I believe about
art, so that even non craft store people would understand?
I could have said that I believe that
making art is an act of self care or that I believe thatglitter pens are magic wands or that I believe that painting with bright colors
helps me see the bright side of life, because I do. But that still
made my belief in art “an artist thing” and the more that I
thought about it, the more I realized that you don't have to be an
artist or even a craft store person to believe in art. So I asked
myself what I believe about art itself and I came up with the
following five definitive statements:
I believe that art can transmit joy.
I believe that art can transform
I believe that art can change minds.
I believe that art can heal hearts.
I believe that art is magic.
And thus, my I Believe In Art Manifesto
The I Believe In Art Manifesto
If you would like to print it out for yourself (for
personal use only), you can access it here for free, or help support
this blog by purchasing a poster of it here.
So, I guess I really owe a thank you to
the non craft store person for asking what turned out to be an
inspiring question and for reminding me that sometimes we meet our
muses just outside of our comfort zone.