New Year Post 2019-20

Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

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Since I launched this blog on New Year’s Eve 2010 it has been my tradition to offer a recap of the blog’s year, summarizing its stats and revisiting its most popular posts. As the decade comes to a close, I am going to do the opposite. Rather than look to the past, I look to the future, specifically, the future I imagine in the final essay of my forthcoming book, Art, Money, and Entrepreneurial Action: An Ouroboros. I decided recently to write this last essay as a work of speculative fiction in which I imagine the successful lives of three artists in the year 2050. Over the preceding three decades (starting in 2020), the United States has evolved into a social democracy akin to that of late-twentieth century Scandinavian countries, but one that sees its significant cultural and ethnic diversity as an asset and so have built on it successfully since the [hopefully] 2020 election brought the country together. I rest comfortably in retirement, knowing that there are artists who understand how to connect their work to their audiences in ways that enable them to sustain their lives. I profile three “fictional” artists:

Rey Lopez is an East LA artist and printmaker, based on an amalgamation of East LA artists and printmakers who I met in 2018 and 2019. Now in his early 60s, he maintains an active practice around community classes, political engagement, and local action. Monica Simon, age 50 sustains her artistic practice as a painter and performance artist through her membership in an artist collective, one of hundreds found throughout the country in the year 2050. Finally, Swift Z at age 30 is a media mega-star who supports both their own practice and that of others both through personal philanthropy and the restoration of the 70% marginal tax rate on wealthy Americans made possible by the election of the country’s first social democratic president.

I look forward over the next year to imagining the world inhabited by these three artists, a world in which entrepreneurial action is not driven by a desire for wealth creation but instead by a drive for social profit and cultural equity.

Have a creative, equitable, and peaceful 2020 — and beyond!

About lindaessig

Linda Essig is Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Cal State LA and principal/owner of Creative Infrastructure LLC. The opinions expressed on creativeinfrastructure are her own and not those of Cal State LA. You can follow her on twitter @LindaInPhoenix.
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