What can artists and designers do…
- To raise awareness for issues in public health, economic policy, education reform, gender equality, LGBT rights, food distribution and agriculture, environmental conservation, and other social concerns?
- To bridge gender, race, and socioeconomic gaps in education and employment?
- To increase literacy rates at home and abroad?
- To spark interest in science, math, and technology and to make scientific knowledge publicly accessible?
- To make housing affordable and aesthetically pleasing for people at all income levels?
- To make schools and workplaces more efficient and the acts of working and learning more personally fulfilling for students and the workforce?
- To foster innovation, networking, and entrepreneurship?
These are questions—as an artist and designer, as a student, and as a human being—I am attempting to answer. Because of the educational opportunities I have recently been presented with, I am in a position to find solutions and cause change. I have been granted the time, space, and resources to study art and design alongside academic disciplines. I want to use this opportunity to its greatest potential. I want to be a productive member of today’s growing creative population. The global economic downturn presents us with both incredible challenges and remarkable opportunities. The product designers, illustrators, architects, animators, filmmakers, painters, sculptors, poets, story-tellers, and music-makers of today are in a unique position to challenge the traditional school of thought that tells us the safe road to success is paved in analysis and dissection rather than creation and experimentation. We are in a position to show that both are needed; both computation and composition, both thinking and dreaming, are needed to push society forward.
In writing this, I am hoping to hear about ideas, ongoing projects, lectures, books, movements, exhibits—anything that embraces the idea of the artist/designer as an agent of change. Tell me what goes on in your school, workplace, and community. Tell me what artists and designers can do.