Category: Arts Matter

A Love Letter to the ARTS from humankind on Valentine’s Day

14 February, 2017  | St. Valentine’s Day

My Beloved,

Today, I am filled with doubt and fear.  The world is filled with so many distractions, and I feel I just can’t bear this sense of hopelessness and confusion.  There are so many of us working hard just to survive.  So many in search of purpose and meaning. The doubts of change are overwhelming.

I mention my hopelessness as though I have already given up. But, because of you, I refuse to give in to the darkness. Because of you, I still believe. You inspire me. 

The sweet sound of your music soothes my soul, lifts me up, and moves my body to dance.  With you I feel joy, and I feel free!  

The colors you paint for me go deep inside of me, and I am able to reflect on intimate parts of myself that no one else but you can see or touch. I need you.

And you are so brave.  When you stand on stage in front of so many people without shame or ego, under those big bright lights, I know you have done it all just for me. Your beautiful creations bring me to tears and your vulnerability gives me the freedom to laugh out loud.  You understand me.

And your words. Oh, how you speak to me! I want to listen. Your words take me on journeys I could not have imagined without you. Your stories tuck me in at night, and your poems wake me in the morning with the motivation to face the day head on and without fear.

Yes, all that you are gives me hope.  Because of you I see light and beauty. When I am with you I am swept away from unwanted distractions, and even the ugliness of the world makes sense to me then.

With you I feel again.  I feel connected to myself and to others.  I feel like me…human.  I am alive!  

Surely, you must already know of my love and devotion.

On Valentine’s Day it is customary to shower the ones we love with chocolates and flowers.  I know you need more than these simple luxuries. So, dear one, my gift to you is all of me.

Take all of me, and use my heart, its pain and its joy, for your inspiration.  And I beg you, never leave me.

Yours always


Copyright 2017 Arts Meet Bizness
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7 Reasons Why Your Work As An Artist Matters

Written by Holly Blondin, Founder of Arts Meet Bizness


1.  You Are Worth $2.25 trillion 

Your work is significant to the world economy, and it has been proven. If you work in Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI), you are a part of the Creative Economy.  In 2013 the creative economy employed nearly 30 million people worldwide and generated $2.25 trillion in revenue. That is 3 percent of the world’s GDP. More, the work of CCI has an impact on other industries, like tourism and manufacturing, which also make important contributions to the world economy.

2.  Your Talents and Expertise Are Helping Shape Human Development

Studies have shown that arts learning and engagement improve behavioral and academic outcomes as well providing health benefits. Yet the arts have been cut from educational programs for over two decades. Thanks to the continuous work of arts advocates, arts educators, and researchers to prove the importance the arts have in human development, the arts are finally making a comeback in education. Education is evolving, and putting creativity and arts in the forefront. The development of programs like STEAM, which adds ‘ART’ to the STEM program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and the implementation of Design Thinking in K-12 programs, are making great progress in education to engage students in the benefits of arts learning. These new educational systems need innovative minds to design them, and qualified teachers to educate the students of future generations.

3.  There’s No Business Like Your Business

In the new global marketplace big businesses have become dependent on innovation in order to sustain their competitive advantage. They rely heavily on creative teams for innovation. The field of design has especially taken a leading role in this transformation. In recent years there has been a race by Fortune 500 companies to acquire design firms and leading creative talent, and build their own in-house design teams. Bottom line: Big Businesses need creative minds. And that means more employment opportunities for artists.

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