Artist Lynn Basa understands the power of art to be a positive force in communities.
She is interested in the varied ways that artists are intersecting with public life. From more traditional “public art” to creative placemaking to socially engaged practice.
I talked with Lynn, author of The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions, for the Art Biz Podcast. In particular, we focused on The Corner Project, an art space and community revitalization effort she founded in the blighted neighborhood of her Chicago studio in 2017.
In describing this project, Lynn said, and I paraphrase:
Every single artist … [brings] with them a certain amount of agency and value to wherever they are. They can do so much more. … It’s a paradigm shift that happens in your head where you start realizing that “I have something of value that I can contribute to society at large,” rather than just making an object and hoping it gets sold for enough money and that you can make a living.
You’ll also hear her speak this truth: Art is a billion dollar business, and someone has to do it.
I think you’ll be inspired to think big and make a difference in your community after you listen to this episode.