Times: Artists Suffer From Recession, Some Cheerfully
Some are less cheerful. Young painter Stephanie Sturton is stuck in Detroit with 75 grand in school loans and is, unsurprisingly, unable to make a living in her chosen field. She has resorted to teaching pottery in public schools, though "I do not even work with clay." She's taking business classes at a local community college, something we have known painters to do even in good times: In fact, many of the remedies availed by the subjects, like living cheap and taking day jobs, sound a lot like what the great majority of artists are forced into no matter how the economy's doing. Art's always a hard dollar. Why do you think we turned to the high-paying, go-go world of journalism?
On a related note, the JVC Jazz Festival is cancelled in New York and other cities for the first time in its history. The "charismatic entrepreneur" who bought the franchise from George Wein two years ago and "planned to transform Mr. Wein's empire through aggressive growth," blames the economy. Image (cc) jbcurio.