raising the status of art and craft?

How do we raise the status of studying artistic rather than pure academic subjects? There has been much discussion recently about how society values academic vs tacit knowledge, skills minister John Hayes said “In my view, the skills of a bricklayer are in no way less admirable and certainly no less hard-won than those of a stockbroker. Matt Crawford’s book “The case for working with your hands” made a similar case but how do we convince parents and bright kids that a career in the arts, crafts or trades is a viable choice and not something for academic low achievers?

I just came across this wonderful witty ad campoaign for the College for Creative Studies in Detroit mimicking anti drugs campaigns. Entertaining and makes the point but does it reinforce the image, challenge it or change it?

“Talk to your kids about art school”

1 in 5 teenagers will experiment with art
I found this in your room. We need to talk
Doodling is a gateway to illustration
How long have you been Photoshopping?
Your son has been sculpting again
Know the warning signs of art

Your mother and I raised you better than this

2 Responses to raising the status of art and craft?

  1. Rick Lasita December 2, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Really great ad, thanks for sharing. My oldest son is a graphic arts manager and went to art school in Cincinnati, he is making a pretty good living doing it as well? I reposted this on my FBBpage, thanks, Robin

  2. Jackie Morris December 9, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    In my view the skills of a bricklayer are better and more complex than those of a stockbroker. A bricklayer lives by his own skills. A stockbroker feasts on the skills of others. Perhaps we do need stockbrokers. I can't see much use for them myself. Love the doodling poster most. At the end of the day I know that I have spent my life colouring in. And doodling.