Artist as Altruist, Educator and Example
As an artist I feel its important that our work challenges people’s perspective on life, society or art itself. I also feel its important that altruism is in the artist toolbox, that they give back to those that helped them along the way.
My recent exhibition #UrbanSoul just closed and I had the honor of presenting my work at an institution of higher education St. Joseph’s College. In addition to the opening there were a couple of artist talk where the students and the general public got to ask the artist questions about the work. In addition one of the chair for their Council for the Arts asked the artists if they would participate in interviews with the students. As an uncle to 37 (yes thirty seven nieces and nephews), I am all about the kids, so I readily agreed.
So next week I will be interviewed by an 18yo young man about my career as an artist, I am humbled that he chose me out of all the artist in the show, and I hope that I can give him some tools that will assist him in the pursuit of his own career. I have two nephews who just turned 18yo and maybe another two or three who are just a couple of years older.
Normally college kids find me extremely interesting because I am so irreverent. I hope I haven’t lost that appeal and that something I say will help this young man. #artistresponsibilites #giveback #trevorbrown