People who view artists as marginal are dead wrong. We are crucial. Chopped out of elementary school referred to as a frill, put down or dismissed, art and artists are still being marginalized. How can this still be going on? Actually I think it is on the rise. Education is failing us.
Why? Because of what we worship, TV junk, sports, celebs. Think of all the history before the camera, it is only because of art we know what anything looked like. Think of all the beauty art continues to bring to the world, it is taken for granted.
Artists are (in my opinion) like everyone else, created in the image of the Creator. We are all supposed to make things, not break things. You can make things that are not objects, making a good solution to a problem, a good arrangement of a garden, a new good recipe. Why does the world keep looking at things that explode? What about this guy who is making a painting?
I guess we aren’t going to ever keep people from throwing rocks at each other, but it would be nice. Remember people like Pete Seeger, people who stand up for human tolerance and equality, creative people. Be proud that you make things, good things. Artists are not marginal, they are the foundation.