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June 1 at 11:00am

How Do You Make Art When You Can’t Afford Housing?

By Ted Hope

I am sure I was not the only one who was a bit shocked to see the infographic that demonstrated that NOWHERE IN THE USA IS IT POSSIBLE TO AFFORD A TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT ON A FORTY HOUR PER WEEK MINIMUM WAGE JOB. How can you have a family when you can not afford to care for them? The creation of art has become a luxury in America. No wonder we are a nation of money-movers when students leave college with a debt of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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  1. Michael R. Barnard / Jun 1 at 11:00am

    Although some artists can create from deprivation and anger, most cannot.

    The lack of a two bedroom apartment is real to too many people; even worse, the lack of ANY living quarters of one’s own is too real to too many people. This is destructive to our “higher needs.” Our society has gotten so damaged by our outrageous income inequality that homeless and near-homeless problems (which are, of course, relative to the overall status of any given society and age) have affected more citizens than ever before.

    I believe our current economic and political situation fully repudiates those who rejected psychologist Abraham Maslow’s theory of “hierarchy of needs.” I believe those critics had the luxury of a narrow view of society where “real” citizens were comfortable and safe. That is no longer a valid assumption, which lays bare the reality of the “hierarchy of needs.”

    So, when our deficiency needs are not met (security and shelter), as is common in today’s economic and political environment, then our growth needs (artistic expression and growth) become secondary or non-existent. (It is all relative, of course; in the middle ages, one lived in what we now consider extreme poverty, but the baseline of society at that time was an assurance of shelter and security–even PATRONAGE!, and artists could create.)

    The answer to “How Do You Make Art When You Can’t Afford Housing?” is, in my opinion, it’s extremely difficult, and probably such art would be more of a wailing than a creation…which some people can turn into exceptional work, while most others can’t.

  2. Juliann / Jun 1 at 11:00am

    Los especialistas recomiendan que la tirada de las carta del Tarot nunca debe ser tomada a la ligera.

  3. abogado penalista zaragoza / Jun 1 at 11:00am

    No obstante, jets privados y lujos similares a los cuarenta y cinco años, solo
    se pueden lograr con algo más que el ejercicio del derecho penal.

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