Art For Everyone

 

@ecbrads

 

Say what you will about the potentially negative proliferation of smart phones and social media—I, for one, get immense satisfaction out of having both in my life. Though I get both a personal and professional benefit out of the two (via IGBoston and my day job, respectively) I’m most excited about what I see as a widespread democratization of art, and the personal connections that can result.

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This democratization both includes and goes beyond Instagram. The past year of my life has, in part, been spent on developing a public art exhibition in Boston’s Emerald Necklace parks. That in itself would have been unthinkable a century ago. Fine art and aesthetics have been the purview of wealthy and privileged for hundreds of years.

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But now the vast majority of people have a high-quality camera and some editing software in their pockets. Thousands of people a day can see a free presentation of public art. And on the first day of that exhibition, I could meet, by chance, someone whose work I’ve admired and been inspired by, and create something out of it.

More than ever, art is for everyone, and it connects everyone. I think that’s pretty remarkable.

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