Today I was at the re:working conference and one of the speakers, Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer of VivaKi, explained that you don’t defeat the prevailing system by railing against it, but by doing it better (or by showing the prevailing system how they can make more money by doing it better). It was an intriguing idea and felt relevant to the Kickstarter Project I backed this week: T.A.G. (Teen Art Gallery).
The art world is not the most welcoming of sub-cultures, especially to young outsiders. This is unfortunate for many reasons of course, but all the picketing and pleas in the world isn’t going to change the situation. T.A.G. provides an entry point for kids. Their mission statement is as follows:
For some young-adults, the art world– full of white walls, art dealers and established artists–can be intimidating. We may
have difficulty approaching this world even if we are well endowed in both maturity and talent. Our difficulty is partly due to the lack of knowledge that coincides with the limiting environment assigned to us because of our age. T.A.G.’s goal is to eliminate this limitation when present and provide fellow teenaged-students with the opportunity to take part in displaying their works in a gallery. T.A.G. reaches out to all young artists so that they are not alone in figuring out the process of showing their work in a gallery setting.
The continued growth and evolution of any industry is contingent upon an influx of new, fresh voices and yet those in power are often hesitant to give up their power and influence because the new represents a threat. It’s important to support projects like this one so that art and culture continue to be replenished by young voices. Here’s a video from the New York Times from 2011: