Nowhere is this more apparent than in the communities of the brown people: African, Latino and Asian communities.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Eubie Blake Center, have been trying, to “keep hope alive”, but losing the battle to win the hearts and souls of the youth.
The International Center for Artistic Development, has been around for 27 years, yet hardly known outside of their immediate circles.
African American and Latino artists face the “Everest” hurdle to make a living at art. How many “regular” folk living in apartments and rented houses, would buy $2000.00 pieces of art to hang on walls? Someone’s lease is up, that piece of art is a liability.
Brown people are more emotional, and immediate gratification is the “call of the day”. They love art, but it must fit in their pockets, 4 by 6 or 5 by 7, even 8 by 10; all transportable and can be shared.
Artists need to have their work on postcards, greeting cards: Weddings, Get Wells, Birthdays, Graduations, Valentines. A brown man may want to send wild flowers in a drawing/painting, rather than a live bouquet of roses, that will die in two weeks.
However, this takes marketing skills. This is where organizations like the International Center Artistic Development, have hiccups. ICAD has to write for grants to make the laundry list I outlined, a reality. It is time for Camellia Blackwell and her board to avoid being a “failure to communicate”, otherwise the struggling brown artists, will go the way of the donkey.