Posted May 31st, 2017 | By A4A.admin
(photo courtesy of Mark Lennihan / AP)
CSMA invites local arts advocate Nicole Bergeron to share her thoughts on the importance of the arts and what we learn from the Fearless Girl statue in New York.
Fearless Girl and the Importance of Art
Sure, we’re talking about North Korea, the Wall, and Russia. But we’re also talking about art. A lot. This is a big deal. Especially in these anti-elite times when art could be viewed as an ‘other’ — a something for us, not them.
Art is for all of us. How do we know? Have you seen your Facebook feed? The Fearless Girl selfies are ubiquitous.
Why? Because Fearless Girl makes a potent statement not just about the lack of women on Wall Street and the future of America. It makes a statement about the importance of art. It has made such a big statement that another sculptor is frustrated at its impact.
Art is a way to remind us of beauty, to communicate ideas, to prompt inquiry and reflection. Art is a statement. For many in the faith community, art is the ultimate expression of how we are made in the Creator’s image: we create. Art.
Fearless Girl does all of this. It shows the beauty and spirit of girls. It is an advertisement for a bank. It seems to challenge the Charging Bull of Wall Street—which is why Charging Bull sculptor Arturo di Modica is mad at New York City for putting sculptor Kristen Visbal’s Fearless Girl steps away.
To which NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted: “Men who don’t like women taking up space are exactly why we need the Fearless Girl.”
Art matters so much we need to create space and time for children and adults to make art. To view art. To play music. To hear music.
Nicole Marie Bergeron
VIVA Strategy + Communications