As this Mother Jones article points out, our country’s priorities are terrifying.
November 21, 2013. A day that will live in infamy. Why you ask? The grace period for student loans is over. Repayment is upon us. We are only the latest wave of students to face the reality of their loan debt- and we won’t be the last.
The Grace Period Blog is first and foremost, a conversation. Seven anonymous artists share our thoughts, questions, hardships and celebrations. Sacrifices must be made, but not of our art. Instead, we’re making our art work for us. We write as a manifesto. Our society is littered with debt, but money is something we’ve been taught not to talk about. It’s “impolite.” We hide the truth, are embarrassed by that big negative number following us around. Let’s come out of the debt closet together!
We are faceless because we are everyone’s face. It is not just our story, but the story of all of those who are in debt. Please check out the link to see the blog that has been our creative outlet for the past few months. We are pulling raw material from the blog to create a participatory performance piece- and that’s where you come in.
After months of anonymous writing, we will come together in a collective performance, raising our voices and yours, to celebrate the death of the grace period, and the beginning of the unknown. Your support is an integral part of this project. We look to you, whether you are an artist, a supporter of the arts, or anything in between, to join in our conversation, and donate what you can.
Art is a service industry and in that way it is interaction, an exchange between the artist and the audience, and we are all up for active “emancipated” spectators. Here’s what were asking of you, our audience and our collaborators:
reading, sharing and talking about the blog and the subjects it covers
participation in our performance November 21st. What that means: your presence, and as many of your friends, family, community, etc. that you can bring.
Your financial support:
We are asking for your help in meeting our $3500 goal to make this project come to life. This money will cover the cost of publicity materials, equipment for the performance, and of course, as compensation for the hard work and time we have put into this project so far. The seven of us at the Grace Period Blog are asking for minimum wage payment for our time. You can scroll down to see the breakdown of our costs. Transparency is a rare thing in today’s world and we want you to know exactly where your money is going.
Save the date: November 21, 2o13, as we raise a toast to the end of the grace period.
Originally, this post was part of Hostess, Babysitter or Porn Starlet. Then it all became an audio project, which failed; now I am just uploading it to fulfill the point that it was meant to be shared.
Advancing my artistic career.
What is my artistic vision? What is my mission?
Every week I will be doing to advance my artistic career 1) this blog 2) something else.
I’m reading, in desperation of course, this book called “The Profitable Artist”. And basically right off the bat it all becomes about administration. That’s understandable.
“you need to have an understanding of who you are and what you want”
This week I am working on defining myself as an artist following the strategic planning model this book offers. Truth is I want many things. I just need to make a choice. Which side of my multidimensional self should I define in order to participate and be digested in the world? Should I create a new self?
I brainstorm about my vision first.
As an artist I am committed to give voice to the underheard stories, events, situations and questions that highlight the obstacles and challenges that prevent the world from improving and becoming a fair place to live.
That sounds like a super-hero statement, I think.
As an artist I am determined to create beautiful things that engage my audience enough so that they may buy these beautiful things from me and I can make more and they can become more and more expensive.
That sounds like it could buy me room and board.
As an artist I let diverse topics find me and work through me, taking the shape that better fits into the conceptual exchange between my view and that of the world.
Hmmm….and then, what?
As an artist, I am committed to follow my heart; work as many hours as needed in a non-artistic environment so that I can produce work that will only be enjoyed by myself.
Ouch, please please change that.