Beautiful Irony

A few weeks ago, I signed up to take a workshop on grant applications sponsored by The Colorado Council on The Arts. Yesterday, I opened my e-mail to find a letter from them saying the workshop had been cancelled in favor of a feedback session from artists to the council, as the CCA has suffered a 50% budget cut due to the economy. Consequently, the projected grant opportunities for 2009 are now in serious jeopardy. Needless to say, I was disappointed and angry.

As an artist, I am aware my field is deemed a “luxury” by many and usually the first area to suffer cutbacks, particularly when it comes to public funding. This understanding, however, does not curb my personal stance to the contrary in the slightest, for I view art as an essential tool of expression, connection and expanding awareness. Unfortunately, I have not been provided with a bailout plan, tax cuts, or incentives from the government for my business and rely on my own resourcefulness and the support of others to survive these times. Given the declining state of consumer spending, finding grant opportunities was one of the avenues I sought to diversify my streams of income- what beautiful irony. In spite of this, I am resolute to find constructive options as I face the perfect storm of a shrinking market, self-fulfilling doom perpetuated by irresponsible media, and a government that seems to contradict itself at every turn.