The art of the hustle

  • Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 12, 2013 - 8:50 PM

The Twin Cities provides a good environment for artists to support themselves financially. But "good" is a relative term.

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raylottieJan. 13, 13 7:40 AM

Your art may be "part of you," but to someone else, it's a product. To make money, there must be a demand for that product. Art meets real world.

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pinster44Jan. 13, 1312:00 PM

Raylottie, Thank you for your clear and insightful thinking. Yes, the market for much art around is small. However, this article points out that artists seem to have other jobs to get by and to support their passions. I'm OK that at least a few people are not merely driven by a desire to accumulate money.

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zlatkovskiJan. 14, 13 3:06 PM

Yes, it is a constant problem to create artwork of any kind while struggling to survive. It is not really helped by grants that require onerous loads of paperwork for projects that have to fit often-bizarre guidelines or restrictions. What will probably help the most is if businesses and educational institutions make a practice of hiring quality artists to work not more than 25 hours a week for good pay with a way to have health care and benefits; to have residency and teaching programs. If people of talent cannot produce their work, our culture will continue to decline, and we will no longer be able to claim to be civilized. Commercial popular "culture" is all that will survive, reality tv. Just think what that will bring.

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