Unleashing the power of visual arts: a non-artist's guide to advocacy

Art opening in Miami for abstract artist Claire Desjardins and 3 other artists, during Miami Art Basel 2019.

Greetings, fellow art enthusiasts! As an abstract painter deeply immersed in the world of visual arts, I often find myself reflecting on the profound impact that art can have on individuals and communities. While my passion lies in creating abstract paintings, I also recognize the importance of advocacy in ensuring that the visual arts continue to flourish. In this blog post, I'll share my insights on how non-artists can become powerful advocates for the visual arts, enriching their communities and enjoying the benefits of surrounding themselves with the world of art, in the process!

Abstract artist, Claire Desjardins, at an art gallery event

Attend local art events

    One of the simplest yet effective ways to support the visual arts is by attending local art events. Museums, galleries, and art festivals are always in need of enthusiastic attendees. Your presence not only contributes to the vibrant atmosphere but also sends a message that the community values the arts. Attendees play a crucial role in creating a supportive environment for artists, and your participation can inspire others to engage with the visual arts. Consider becoming a member at your local arts museum.

    A crowd gathers to watch Art Battle competion of artists painting.

    Volunteer your time

      Non-artists can make a significant impact by volunteering their time and skills to art organizations. Whether it's helping set up an exhibition, assisting with event planning, or participating in outreach programs, there are numerous ways to contribute. By volunteering, you become an essential part of the art community, fostering a sense of camaraderie and ensuring that artists have the necessary support to thrive.

      Helpers install paintings in art booth of abstract artist, Claire Desjardins.

      Support local artists

        While you may not be an artist yourself, you can still support local talents. Attend art fairs, purchase artworks from emerging artists, and showcase these pieces in your home or office. By doing so, you not only invest in the artists' careers but also contribute to the cultural richness of your community. Your support helps artists sustain themselves financially, allowing them to continue creating meaningful works.

        Advocate for arts education

          Visual arts education is crucial for fostering creativity and critical thinking skills in individuals of all ages. Non-artists can advocate for the inclusion and prioritization of arts education in schools and community programs. By raising awareness about the importance of art education, you contribute to the development of well-rounded individuals who appreciate and understand the value of visual arts in society.

          Art collector stands beside paintings with abstract artist, Claire Desjardins.

          Benefits of visual arts advocacy

          Now that we've explored how non-artists can actively advocate for the visual arts, let's delve into the numerous benefits that come with such advocacy:

          1. Cultural enrichment
            Supporting the visual arts enhances the cultural fabric of your community, making it a more vibrant and diverse place to live.

          2. Community engagement
            Visual arts events and activities provide opportunities for community members to come together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.

          3. Economic impact
            A thriving arts scene contributes to the local economy by attracting visitors, creating job opportunities, and boosting the overall economic vitality of the community.

          4. Personal growth
            Exposure to the visual arts stimulates personal growth by encouraging creativity, critical thinking, and a broader perspective on the world.

          Claire speaking with a group of women

          Advocating for the visual arts is a rewarding endeavor that goes beyond the realm of artists alone. As an abstract painter, I urge non-artists to recognize their pivotal role in shaping a community that values and cherishes the visual arts. By attending events, volunteering, supporting local artists, and advocating for arts education, you become a catalyst for positive change. Together, let us celebrate the transformative power of visual arts and build communities that thrive creatively.

          Attending artist events are a way in which non-artists can advocate for the arts in their communities.

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