We talk a lot about artists, designers, and creatives in this space. Why? We firmly believe that instilling curiosity, imagination, and a desire to push the status quo to ask "what's next" is one of the greatest gifts we can bestow on the younger generation. We must teach empathy, compassion, and a sense of self committed to making this world a better place for everyone.
Art plays a crucial role in this delicate, and important, process. It puts to work those yet to be unleashed thoughts and feelings otherwise too difficult to express through traditional mediums. It is an avenue for understanding the world around you, hopefully leading to a place of acceptance, gratitude, and ultimately - joy.
Creativity comes in many forms - reading a favorite book, appreciating the beauty of the outdoors, a simple crayon and piece of paper. Today, let's celebrate our ability - and indeed, unique opportunity - to express ourselves.
Toni Morrison on why now is the time for artists to get to work:
This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
And Toni Morrison again on why art is dangerous:
I want to remind us all that art is dangerous. I want to remind you of the history of artists who have been murdered, slaughtered, imprisoned, chopped up, refused entrance. The history of art, whether it’s in music or written or what have you, has always been bloody, because dictators and people in office and people who want to control and deceive know exactly
the people who will disturb their plans. And those people are artists. They’re the ones that sing the truth. And that is something that society has got to protect. But when you enter that field, no matter whether that’s Sonia’s poetry or Ta-Nehisi’s rather startlingly clear prose, it’s a dangerous pursuit. Somebody’s out to get you. You have to know it before you start, and do it under those circumstances, because it is one of the most important things that human beings do.