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Art doesn’t need permission…

July 14, 2010

Whew… That’s a good time. Genius.


With Antioch being shut down this month, we’re reminded that it’s going to take more than luck to help the suburbs see how much they really need art and culture. Living in Santa Clarita, we’re literally Hollywood’s poster child for the suburbs, and we think we have a shot at not just helping our city get out of it’s culture-starved, closeted, artistically-ignorant mindset, but helping suburbs nationwide start making the most of the (amazing) art that’s created inside their own (County ordained) zones.

What does that have to do with the Improv Everywhere film?

Well, it’s my way of saying that we don’t need a stage, or a gallery wall to expose people to your art. We just need to do it. We need to do it in the middle of the mall, in the middle of a parking lot, in an elevator (Why don’t we d-do it in the road?). We need to take good art and bring it to where people already are. We need to make soccer moms and businessmen just a bit uncomfortable, so that they can see all of the beautiful things you’re creating behind closed doors.

I sit in City art meetings. They’ve got their heads on straight. That’s exactly what they want to do too – but they can’t do it without a permit. The bureaucracy doesn’t allow it, so art in our suburbs stay predictable.

All that said: This is your permit. You don’t need the City to give you a stage. Make one. You don’t need the City to give you a gallery. Plaster your art everywhere.

We’ll be 100% behind you.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    July 27, 2010 5:05 pm

    I know it’s bad, but there are plenty of other cities that are used more than us to depict a dreary suburban life. Santa Clarita is actually used more so for its spots in the Industrial Center and the hilltops off the freeways.

    We’re no more suburban than any other Southern California city – we’re just nicer. More green, nicer roads, the paseos.

    The creative scene needs to expand, but that won’t happen until there are things to do nightly. Whether it’s live music, a reading at a coffee shop, an open art show at someone’s apartment or cheap drink night with a twist, the events need to increase. People will crawl out of their creative bubble when there are things to do — even if we’ll never have the feel of a city. All that matters is that enough people start putting on events, and the attendance will grow from there. That’s it.


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