Rx For A Healthy Art Scene

by juli boggs

Prescription For a Healthy Art Scene is a collaborative project currently hanging at cafe/boutique/gallery space Bows and Arrows in Sacramento, CA. Featuring innumerable one of kind t-shirts, more than 30 artists came together to illustrate 23 tenets laid down by Davis-based artist Renny Pritikin entitled “Facets of A Healthy Art Scene.” The mini-manifesto covers all the bases, calling for affordable live/work spaces for artists and an adventurous and informed audience, and even specifies the need for hangouts/parties/salons/bars where a sense of community is manifested.

Community is an easy thing to call for, but how does one actually create a happy, healthy scene without it falling prey to defensive, alienating cliques?  I don’t’ have these answers, surprise!, but in asking questions we at least become more aware of what we do and do not want.

A healthy art scene needs a healthy community based on mutually supportive artists and writers who foster a positive, creative economy despite creative and cultural differences. This positive economy is so important, I believe it ought to be it’s very own articulated tenet.

I give you tenet #24 (or 23, depending on your version of the list): A COMMITMENT TO MUTUAL SUPPORT AND RESPECT AMONGST COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN FOSTERING A POSITIVE, CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT.

The SFMOMA blog had another tenet to add after reviewing Pritikin’s list in an entry here. Their demand? “COMMUNICATION AND DIALOG WITH ARTISTS/CURATORS/WRITERS/ETC OUTSIDE OF THE LOCAL DEMOGRAPHIC ENCOURAGING SHARED THOUGHT AND COLLABORATION OF IDEAS WHILE ALSO CREATING INPUTS AND OUTPUTS FOR POTENTIAL EXHIBITION OR PUBLIC DISPLAY OF THESE SHARED INSIGHTS.”

Feeling creative yet? Support an artist and boast your healthy community spirit with a one of a kind screen-printed “Prescription” shirt available over at Bows and Arrows while supplies last.