Arts Solutions Strategies

Stage 1 – Reform Existing Systems


Revalue Art

Crowded streets in Philadelphia on a "First Friday". Photo by visitphilly.com.
Watson, Claire
In this stage, we would reform systems to increase access to the arts and emphasize their importance. This would require more media coverage, community festivals, art funding, and more.

One successful program that is happening nationwide to increase people’s access to the arts and give artists more public exposure is called “First Friday.” Participating local shops and galleries around the country open up their doors the first Friday of every month, free of charge, and feature different artists for all to see. Implementing more of these programs throughout the country would help to revalue the arts. To learn more about it or start a “First Friday” program in your area check out First Friday Santa Cruz or First Friday Boulder.

As the military budget is significantly reduced and corporate subsidies and Federal Reserve interest are eliminated, there would be more funding available, both private and public, to support artistic endeavors in schools and communities.  At the same time, we would need to create more private funding models such as Kickstarter (discussed more below in Stage 2) to transition away from public funding and our reliance on government.

 

Build Resilient Communities with Art

Communities with more art tend to have stronger economies. The arts attract more visitors, residents, and businesses, which brings more money into the community. The arts also create more opportunity for connection among community members.

Some possibilities to build more resilient communities with the arts include:

Placemaking: hands-on community projects to create communal spaces and improve neighborhoods. Check out the City Repair Project in Portland, OR to get some ideas.

First Fridays: as discussed above, art galleries across the nation open free of charge on the first Friday of every month. Check out First Friday Santa Cruz to see how it works.

Open Studios:  Various cities throughout the US have “Open Studio” tours where artists open their studios to the public for multiple days. This helps create connections with artists, lets people see the process of creating art, and allows artists to show and sell their work in more casual settings.

 

 

Stage 2 – Limit Government Control

 

Transition to More Private Funding of Arts

In Stage 2, we would work to limit government control and support the arts on our own. One of the main ways to do this is by using the money we have from paying less taxes to fund our own art projects. There is already a successful fundraising platform called Kickstarter that allows artists of all types – filmmakers, fine artists, designers, inventors, journalists, etc. – to raise funds online through donations from other individuals. It has been wildly successful. As government programs and taxes are rolled back in Stage 2, people will have more money available to contribute to art projects.

           


Stage 3 – Set Up Systems for Voluntary Cooperation

Theatre of the Oppressed in Action. Photo by Shira Golding.
Watson, Claire

The key in this stage is to not suppress the arts in any way. People should be able to express themselves freely (as long as they’re not violating anyone else or the property of anyone else).