I’ve been “Almost Back” for quite some time. I know you come around to see if I’ve fulfilled that promise.
But I do have a question that may entertain and give us direction.
I missed the opening for Mexic-Arte Museum’s latest exhibit. And I was kicking myself because I don’t like paying admission and I know that Mexic-Arte does not have a “family”, “community” or any other “free day”.
This past weekend, Okay Mountain held a benefit fundraiser. On the horizon, Big Medium (Bolm Studios) will hold a fundraising event.
This got me wondering. Should I have memberships with all of our local museums? Should I be dropping chips at these art events? Should I purchase art from local artists? Should I have subscriptions to art magazines?
I mean, I know it would be nice if the general public took interest and provided this financial support. Artists and curators should feel they are part of a community and do what they can to help out. Plus, I think memberships can be written off as business expenses (don’t quote me, I’m not an accountant).
But I, as someone who is trying to adhere to an equal opportunity, non-conflicted writing practice, wonder where that puts me. Besides my frugal tendencies, I use the free admissions policy of museums to point to their conflicted practices of claiming outreach to a broader and more diverse audience but not providing more accessibility. How do I maintain that vigilance? Or is that inconsequential to a smarter discussion about “Art” and “art in Austin”?
Does anyone else feel this way? Or should I just suck it up, forego my lunch habit and pay these fines?
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.
PS: I’ve been assisting the Primo with a show he is participating in. It seems he made friends with some primos and they’ll be in San Antonio this week.