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The Artist As Culture Producer - Sharon Louden

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A lecture/discussion led by Sharon Louden is based on the newly published text 'The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life'. Participants will learn about, lend voices to, and be inspired by the vast range of influence that visual artists exert on society. The event aims to increase our understanding and valuing of artists as culture producers today.

Through panel discussions, symposia, casual conversations and town-hall forums, we will connect book contributors, local artists, critics, non-profit participants, thought leaders, and other members of the general public to learn about, lend their voices to, and be inspired by the vast range of influence that visual artists exert on society. We plan on including as many contributors as possible from the book, helping to further our efforts to cross-pollinate artists among regions. Our goal is to demythologize the tired cliche' of the Artist Hero by dispensing with the notion that contemporary artists should be treated differently from other members of our communities.

Common topics to be discussed on the book tour include:

  • how artists extend their practices outside of their studios.
  • the roles artists play as change agents in the creative economy.
  • models of sustaining creative lives in the public realm.
  • redefining who a contemporary artist is today.
  • exploring what success means to different artists.
  • how artists contribute to the well-being of others.

'The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life' is a collection of essays by 40 visual artists. Edited by artist and educator Sharon Louden, the book describes how artists extend their practices outside of their studios. All of these contributors have impactful, artistic activities as change agents in their communities.

Their first-hand stories show the general public how contemporary artists of the 21st century add to creative economies through their out-of-the-box thinking while also generously contributing to the well-being of others. Although there is a misconception that artists are invisible and hidden, the truth is that they furnish measurable and innovative outcomes at the front lines of education, the non- profit sector, and corporate environments.


For more information abou the book/talk/discussion visit the 'Living and Sustainig a Creative Life' website

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