I have a hidden Artist inside of me!
Are you involved with Art in anyway? if so, tell me – How long have you been involved with Art? How was it when you decided you wanted to show your work? How did you find your way in the Art World, or are you still trying to find it?
We all have a hidden Artist inside of us. Yet, for the most part, we were never encouraged to pursue Art as a way of exploring ourselves or even as a career. Many Art lovers start getting involved in Art at an early age, but drop it due to not having enough exposure to it and encouragement. Children’s are trained from an early age that they have to decide what they want to do when they grow up. The pressure to know what you want to do it’s very high, and the results are usually one of the following:
1- School Dropout. 2- They do a career, which they don’t even work on after college, only to end up working on something else completely different after acquiring a huge debt from college. 3- They complete their career, work on it, but end up becoming an Artist on the side. 4- They go to Art School, get a degree. If it all goes well they have a successful career as an Artist. If it doesn’t, they end up doing Art on the side, and getting another full time job struggling to survive. The second scenario is the most common one.
But what if there was a 5 option which we could encourage and support in our young community. I am option 3, and I wish I would have taken art more seriously, and instead of stopping from exploring my creativity side, I could have continued exploring it on the side while also working on my career.
However, it seems that we train our children that there is only one option to follow career wise, and that they have to choose. And this pressure drives them to take the wrong choices many times. We all know we can still do what we love, while working on the things that we need at the same time. This generation is not made to just focus on one thing, this generation has many talents and passions which could connect one way or another. No matter what we do, there is one thing that we will always carry with us, and that is the experiences we have. Why limit ourselves to just do one thing in life, when there are possibilities of exploring different areas of interest, which will guide us ultimately to what we want to do in the future. Why wait until becoming Adults to start exploring, when our children’s have the opportunity of doing it if we guide them correctly.
I have spoken with many of my friends and coworkers who even pay to put their children’ in private Art classes because they are concerned about the amount of stress their kids have, and they know Art could help not only relieve that stress, but also to find their way in life by getting to know themselves even more.
In partnership with iArtsWall and Optimus Art Gallery, we have taken upon ourselves to start supporting our young community. The program is called YoundMinds Art Club, and it will be doing a series of Art Exhibitions and Events to support Art and creativity in our young community as an incentive. The first Exhibition will take place on April 15, 2017, “ARTE QUIERO”. It is an exhibition about exploring Art.