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Creativity and Imagination #3

May 10th, 2006

In Your Face public submission.

The AGO spends a lot of time and energy celebrating the creativity of professional artists – both dead and alive. Do you think we should spend as much time supporting creativity in the general public?

  • rickielee

    While I agree that galleries and museums should help engender creativity and an appreciation for the arts among the general public, I find that a lot of the public are already pretty creative and artistic….

    Where creativity, art and vision seem to be lacking is among our elected politicians, financial experts and budgetary managers.

    Government cut backs to support and funding for the arts, taxation policies that favour commercial (even athletic) activities over cultural ones, market-oriented value systems that are skewed towards material rather than artistic accomplishment should be addressed.

    Perhaps the politicians and economists need some education and creative fostering, so that they better appreciate the value, importance and benefit of a creative and artistic culture in general.

    Maybe a ‘MPPs Day at the Gallery School’ is in order!?!?!

  • rickielee

    While I agree that galleries and museums should help engender creativity and an appreciation for the arts among the general public, I find that a lot of the public are already pretty creative and artistic….

    Where creativity, art and vision seem to be lacking is among our elected politicians, financial experts and budgetary managers.

    Government cut backs to support and funding for the arts, taxation policies that favour commercial (even athletic) activities over cultural ones, market-oriented value systems that are skewed towards material rather than artistic accomplishment should be addressed.

    Perhaps the politicians and economists need some education and creative fostering, so that they better appreciate the value, importance and benefit of a creative and artistic culture in general.

    Maybe a ‘MPPs Day at the Gallery School’ is in order!?!?!

  • http://parkerink.ca Kate Parker

    Absolutely!
    The government is considering providing tax breaks to parents enrolling their children in extra-curricular sports activities- yet the same tax breaks are not provided for enrollment in the Arts:
    Fine Art, Music, Drama, Dance.
    This sadly illustrates a lack of appreciation and support for the fundamental culture of society.
    I would be happy never to hear the utterance “I am not creative” ever again. It is fundamentally a false statement. Creativity matters. Art Matters.