Thursday, January 24, 2008

DC Arts Advocacy Redux

Urbancode has really been around the art scene for quite a while! Really we have, so we know what’s what! Don’t let anyone tell you different!

Sometimes it seems to us that this city has limitless talent. Other times its apathy and lack of focus confounds me. Do you know that there is a fashion commission in DC looking to spread the word of the numerous young fashion designers in this city? Well there is. I’m wondering why stage actors, painters and dancers don’t run in tighter circles. Why aren’t poets and writers more renowned in our city? Check out the link on our blog featuring Richard Peabody. He says that most people don’t even know that there are more than a dozen woman writers in DC. I can’t help but feel that it is our own fault. It’s not an issue of talent.

We spoke about an arts advocacy agency in our last blog and we’d like to take up that point again. There is a need for an organization with lawyers and screamers like us, and the whole nine to lobby the various local government agencies for things like the creation of studio space, government support exporting PR about DC’s various entertainment forums, (other than the big boys like the Kennedy Center and the museums) and just to make sure that they know that working artists are here and that we want our slice too!

An art advocacy organization could also address the “living” issues we spoke of in the last blog such as insurance and medical benefits, but also it could work to bring…creative’s, of all stripes, T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R.

We’ll blog about this again, but for now… why don’t YOU take over!