Oftentimes art serves as a platform for social commentary. Art can be uplifting, controversial, mesmerizing, and mysterious. Sometimes it can be polarizing – like John Bickel’s signage (Cubs or Sox). It can embed messages meant for the viewer – or for the world. Or it can invoke strong emotions because it can make strong statements. Andy Warhol was a master at conveying the meaning of popular culture. He captured the essence of mass production and American graphic design through the eyes of a consumer. Keith Haring brought street art to the forefront of the American message. But art, in the end, is of value because it stimulates conversation. So today, as our government faces a federal shutdown and continues to embrace political gridlock, make your own decision today to make your own way – let’s be more like art and be independent and stand up for our own “economy”. Let’s be in a united state for art (US4A) and don’t let the government shut you down. Get out there and stimulate your own conversation – and the economy!
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