For one of my classes, I’m drawing up a business plan for my own personal business, or one that I want to have, rather. Back in February I posted this, talking about the t-shirt company a group and I came up with last year, and how much we were invested in the idea, but it never went anywhere outside the classroom. I love this idea so much that I’m going to tackle it again, alone, and expand on it, filling in all the cracks we’d left behind with some new and improved material.
The shirt company I want to start will encompass the spirit of promoting local talent and cultivating the presence of art in the community. It will promote local artists by putting their artwork on t-shirts, allowing people to recognize and become interested in their local art community. The original reason this idea was formed was a response to the lack of recognition young, new artists get when they first enter the business, or when they’re trying to enter it. Because the art world is so exclusive, it can be tough. I want to see a relationship with artists and their communities that includes more than graffiti.
I found a quote by Amiri Baraka, one of the most famous writers from the Black Arts Movement, and its everything I want to say except said so much better.
Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.
— Amiri Baraka