PURSUING A DEGREE IN FINE ARTS IS USUALLY MET WITH THE INSULT THAT IT IS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
THEY ARE STILL SEEN AS UNEMPLOYABLE HIPSTERS WITH AN ESOTERIC SKILL AND A TON OF STUDENT LOANS DEBT.
retail giant. Buzzfeed reported one parent saying, “As a
from the institutionalization of art: “Now you didn’t
scrutinizing my career choice if they have encountered
mother and a career artist, I’m astounded that a company
go off to Paris and hole up in a garret to produce
words recently in response to any doubt that creative
as large and influential as you are could approve of a
your masterpiece, your Les Demoiselles d’Avignon
writing is a valuable skill.
design that encourages toddlers to stifle their creativity.
or Ulysses, and wait for the world to catch up with
Toddlers. I’m horrified at the thought of putting a shirt
you. Like a doctor or lawyer, you [go] to graduate
Although creative people may gain confidence later
like this on my own 20 month old daughter. Shame,
school—M.F.A. programs [are] also proliferating—and
in life to dream of becoming creative professionals,
shame, shame.” After a public apology, Old Navy
then [try] to find a position.” The image of the destitute
children will not have that dream until the classroom
removed the shirt, but the question remains— why so
artist locked away in a garret may still be the persistent
becomes a space that encourages creativity. With the
much hostility towards creative professions? The problem
image of artists. Although people regularly encounter
rise of creative entrepreneurs, the viability of a creative
is simple: artists have an image problem. They are still
the practical application of art, they rarely connect that
professional will not remain invisible to children, and
seen as unemployable hipsters with an esoteric skill and
work with a liberal arts major.
parents will have to concede that it is a good thing for their child to dream of being an artist.
a ton of student loan debt. Pursuing a degree in fine arts is usually met with the Although the creative professions have been on the rise
insult that it is a waste of time and money. I used to be
since the early 2000s, the term “creative professional”
hesitant about divulging my major, always anticipating
is still relatively new. In 2015, William Deresiewics
a quiet rebuke or scrutinizing eyes that always followed
reported in The Atlantic that the term artist was dead
the question, “So, what are you going to do with that?”
and the emergence of the creative entrepreneur came
Now, I am less hesitant and will usually ask people