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Why Businesses Should be Hiring More Artists

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Aug 09, 2017

Traditional businesses are increasingly reliant on creativity and imagination for success. They also recognize that arts training provides the foundation for creative thinking. However, an arts background is not always valued in an office setting. Why is that the case? According to an article in Artsy, it is due to existing bias against the arts and a misunderstanding of the role that artists play as innovators.

According to a recent report from Upstart Co-Lab, a creative agency that is hoping to highlight the contribution of trained artists, “While employers are seeking out more creative workers, they may be overlooking the more than 2 million working artists and 60,000 annual graduates of art schools in America today. This large, skilled, and highly trained workforce represents a much needed, yet overlooked segment that can provide value to business, government, and the social sector.”

It’s not just that large, mainstream companies should be plugging artists into their existing structure. The Artsy article points out that more private money should be funneled toward business initiatives that are artist-led and focused on social change. Work by Theaster Gates, for example, is rooted in artistry but provides real solutions to the housing and arts deficit crisis in Chicago.

Read the full article here.

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