Why is it that when I am working on a project simply for the love of what I am doing my princess attitude goes out the window instantly? And yet, when I am offered money to do the thing I love to do, it taints it? I think I have a belief that money is bad or that it does not equal art. This is ridiculous, especially given the extreme importance of art in modern society.

Why do you think art is important?


Add yours Comments – 85

  • Beth

    on June 16, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Art imitates life and life imitates art.
    In terms of the order of that phrase, I’m choosing to assume that life came before art.

  • Jade Ruby

    on June 16, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    In the beginning, there was nothing.
    (well, at least there was nothing *here*)
    Then there was art.
    Within that art became life.
    And soon life could appreciate art,
    And then life could create art.
    After a while, life said thusly:
    “I create art, before me there was
    only beauty. And furthermore, I am
    the only one that can appreciate beauty.”

  • Bkwurm1

    on June 16, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Perhaps being paid to be artistic isn’t so much the problem as associating getting paid with compromising or losing input as an artist. Perhaps what pays is no longer serving you as the artist.

    Most productions require teamwork to exist and compromise is the norm and that isn’t a bad thing as long as there is a continual respect toward the product created.

    Perhaps that respect has been sacrificed on the alter of profit and expediency. It’s going on nine years, maybe that’s just a product of entropy or perhaps when there is no longer a clear, consistent vision what was once a creative process becomes reduced to a request to paint by numbers, even when the numbers no longer add up.

    Sometimes art is just a job, using your talents to create what someone else orders. Is it the money that taints or being used to getting paid for an unfulfilling project? I promise, it doesn’t always have to be one or the other.

  • Beth

    on June 16, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Okay. I guess I’ve been corrected.
    What you said in that last comment sounds better than what I came up with Jade.

  • Ritinha

    on June 16, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Art is very important for many thinks, like pictures, acting, writing… art is a way of show moments bad and good; show your feelings. Art is a simple “i love you”; a simple desing; a simple heart done by a child for her mom in a paper… Art is all this. Art is perfect 😀



  • Brittany

    on June 16, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    Art. It is incredibly important, because it gives people the chance to express themselves, their ideas, and thoughts about the world, society or anything in. On my trip to Minneapolis, I visited a couple of art museums. On one of the tours, the guide kept repeating : “It’s only art if the artist whom created says it’s art.” There was one piece of art which was composed of a plastic toddler chair over a drain, with a tissue box sitting on it. I love how art can be anything. Can be simple, or extremely complicated. A body dug and put in the ground, art. (Museum I visited) The molding process of lemons, art. It’s great. Awesome topic Allison.
    Much love & support,

  • RaymondPeart

    on June 16, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Well part of the crisis here is that we are marking things as art and non-art. If we are defining art as something subjective, then art, by that reasoning is everything. I think then the issue resides with the self. Allison mentioned that her princess mentality goes out the window when she is doing something she enjoys and defines that as art. However, when you are doing something that you are paid for. Let’s say, for instance, a television commercial – why does your attitude change?

    Art is important because it is a vehicle for expression and a manifestation of our growth and perhaps an unconscious and conscious signifier of where we are in our lives. It also represents, in my opinion, how we interpret our bodies in the universe. Art is life – it is not always seen, not always perceived in ways that are familiar to us. We are luminous beings, contained by matter. Art is what we feel, and when we begin to shift our perspectives on life, you’ll find that the importance of art is so much more than the question that informed it.

  • RaymondPeart

    on June 16, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    As for the money issue, try to think of money as art and if your passion as an artist is to create and perhaps bring joy to others, consider the possibilities of how money can be used compassionately. We are only as strong as the convictions that illuminate us.

  • Rainer

    on June 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Hey !
    I think art has a great importance in public and everywhere else. This is a good way to show your feelings and express yourself the way u like.

  • Electra

    on June 17, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Hi Allison,

    Quote: “Why do you think art is important?”

    – I like this question. So this is what I think:
    We create art by means of our imagination. Art is a product of our imagination, something we put into words, sculptures, paintings or acting, in whatever shape art can take. The source of art is the imagination, the power of the mind to form mental representations of a thought, concept, dream, symbol, or fantasy. The imagination is one of the most unique and important aspects of being a human being. Our mental life and creativity would be impossible resp. could not exist without the imagination. The importance of art is even with the importance of imagination.
    Both allows us to dream, to immerse into a world far away of every burden, sorrow, anger and so forth. Especially in bad times art is one of greatest gifts in the world. That’s what art and artist are for, to make people forget their daily grind, to take people into another world, the wonderful world of art and imagination.


  • Jade Ruby

    on June 17, 2009 at 5:11 am

    Electra Says:
    “The importance of art is even with the importance of imagination.
    Both allows us to dream, to immerse into a world far away of every burden, sorrow, anger and so forth.”

    I like3 that statement, it’s very clear and strong. One of the main things I like about Allison’s blog is getting all these different perspectives from her prompts.

  • adalys86

    on June 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

    I think art is one of the most important things on earth because is a way to see life in another perspective. Is a way to get out of our self and take a break from everything. without art life would have an empty space. at list thats how I see it.

  • TheatreGuru

    on June 17, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Art is important because it reflects the world in an extraordinary way. It fizzles the line between reality and fiction to tell stories that are true. People love to hear stories, that’s why they watch TV, watch the news, see plays and musicals, hear people sing or play music. They love to see the reflection of themselves mirrored back at them. In doing so morals are learned, or re-learned, emotions rise to the surface or are brought to life. Without art society has no way else of looking at themselves in a very broad mirror that brings all of humanity together. Art keeps the world in check. 🙂

  • Beth

    on June 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Art is everywhere, even though we don’t always notice it, and can be anything. Sometimes it may not even make sense, but can always be beautiful in some way or another.
    If we start taking notice of art in it’s every form, we become aware that we are surrounded by it.
    Every single view we take in every single day is a different type of art.
    It’s one of a number of things that make the world beautiful.
    From sunrise to sunset to a photo full of smiles and laughs.
    Art is all around us. Art is everywhere.
    God, I’m getting really into this.
    The more I think about it, the more I realise how amazing art is.
    This is a fucking awesome topic.
    Thanks for bringing it up Allison.


  • scott123

    on June 17, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    “The journeyman mills about, in a concentrated state of mind, diligently looking for her toolbag..”

    As art philosopher, I ask, “If we are in fact eternal creatures, why can we not travel backward in time? No matter what, we are forever moving forward. Somewhere out there, is a work of art that is coming at the artist. She brings it to life in the present, then the work is left for the world, and travels into the past. But we can only travel forward.”

    Your friend in the deep end,

  • Beth

    on June 18, 2009 at 12:27 am

    Oh my god. That’s awesome Scott. That’s really cool.

  • Michael.L

    on June 18, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Been a long time since my last comment …hopefully i can start posting more often lol.

    Oil Painting, Pencil Drawing, Conventional, Modern, Cubism, Abstract, Expressionism, Photography, Acting…….

    No matter what style you prefer, Art is one of the most basic and fundamental forms of human expression as well as one of the oldest.

    Art is a product of the human mind, both simple and complex.

    Art like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    and because there is no right or wrong way to express your creativity,…. Art can be anything you want it too be from a simple crayon or pencil drawing to the most elaborate and detailed painting or sculptor…and the best part is as long as your happy with the way it turns out in the end then your work is a success lol


  • spheriscope

    on June 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Jackson Brown sings that in a world of hardship and of earthly toil there’s a need for anything that frees us.

    Interestingly enough, I’m not sure he was speaking of art. It seems he was bidding pleasure and cheer to sinners as a heathen and a pagan on the side of the rebel Jesus but it makes me think of one of the main functions of art. It frees us.:^)

    Not only can art change the world for the better but it does.:^)

    Art is as important as anything but humble artists wonder in the face of such profound reality.

    Sometimes art is all someone has to hold on to and it saves lives and souls and creates the better reality of the future so that we can awaken from the nightmare of the past.

    Art comes in all forms. There is an art to everything.

    The saying that money is the root of all evil is taken from the scripture that says the love of money is the root of all evil.

    Money is a tool we use for barter. The power is within us to make it evil or maybe good.

    I’ve come to believe at long last that it is okay to try new things but if you find yourself in a bad position it becomes your responsibility to make it right.

    David Gilmour of Pink Floyd was asked if one should make money doing what one loves. He said yes because otherwise you spend all your time doing something else and that people don’t find their talent because they are too busy out trying to earn a buck. It is a conundrum Mr. Holland and I find ourselves in but life has so much more in store for us than we have yet imagined.

    I was just watching Smallville (Long time enjoyer of Superman) and decided to look you up Allison because you are such a beautiful and inspiring person. You are so lovely. I have a crush.:^)

    You probably have another and are probably way too young for me and incompatible to boot but you are the ultimate Valentine. The spirit of love just eminates from you. Shine on.:^)


  • gramps427

    on June 19, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Allison, art is important because its simply all about your personal outlook on life, the universe and everything.

  • tangiblethawt

    on June 19, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Aristotle once said that fiction is far more important than history because history shows the world as it was, while fiction shows it as it could (should) be.

    For me art, particularly art in the romantic sense, is about portraying the world as it should be. I feel the great emotional response from the music, paintings, sculptures and performances that remind me that life is a hymn to be celebrated and that man’s purpose is not to suffer and die, but to achieve and be happy.

    With regards to money. Money has no nature. It is perfectly indifferent; neither good nor evil. It is individual that perverts art. A man with integrity will always create art out of pure self expression and will not compromise. If he gets paid for it, all the better. To paraphrase Howard Roark (an Architect from the novel “The Fountainhead”), “I don’t build in order to have clients. I have clients so that I can build.”

    I think that is the proper approach for any artist.

  • Dax

    on June 21, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I believe art is important because it is a true reflection of the person creating it. When someone constructs a visual art, writes a song or creates a poem…I believe that anyone experiencing the vision of that artists final product has had a glimpse into that persons heart and soul. So much of what we are as humans today seems to get so lost in the concept of money and power that we never stop to appreciate what it is to be human. The gift of life and emotions seems to take a back seat to the material things that we seem to value so much. The arts, to me, are the grounding force of humanity. That’s why the arts are so important. They allow us to remain connected to our very nature…the feelings and emotions that make up the human spirit. I understand where you’re coming from in the sense that I too get paid for something I love to do…and the question to myself in excepting money for it. But what I know in my heart is that I’d do it for free if I had to because it’s a passion, not a job. Getting paid to do what you love to do, Allison, is merely a benefit…not a prerequisite. I think the mere fact that you even asked this question in the first place shows that you truely understand the meaning of art and you should never question why you do what you do. I think your gift for acting comes from your soul and no amount of money offered to you will ever taint that. Your unique talent for being able to express human nature and emotions through your acting makes you an artist in the true sense of the form. Thank you for being an inspiration to the rest of us…

  • Adam

    on June 24, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Art may be important as a finger pointing at the moon. What is important : the finger, the moon, or what you feel seeing the moon ? Other version. What is important : Bach, Glen Gould playing Bach, Sony distributing the CD, or this temporary change in the way you’re appreciating a moment life ?
    Hmm… At least that what I would say right now ! I’m sure there could be a way to say that Sony is important (like bringing Bach to the masses ? Remember that was one of the purposes of Bach…)
    Great blog, Allison, I’m looking forward to read and see you !

  • Jolo

    on June 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

    It’s just how a passion for something works. You feel somewhat guilty because you’re taking the money for something you may be willing to do for no cost at all. In my opinion, money isn’t bad as long as it is used properly. I can relate to what you said, Allison (Well except for the Princess part – “Prince” would be the right term for me). I’m very much into ART and all forms of it – theatre, music, drawing etc.

    This is kind of awkward to say but its true. Without ART, the world would be dead. Everything will lose its meaning and uniqueness. ART made me the person I am today – an energetic, artistic, friendly person. It allows me to express my inner emotions in different ways. Without ART, I’d be NOTHING. That’s how important ART is to me.

  • berniepooh

    on June 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Every culture, every society has defined itself through its art forms. We are who we are because of the art surrounding us in our daily lives. Architecture, music, poetry, dance, furniture, literature, theatre and our food. (It isn’t called culinary arts by accident). Art reflects who and what we are, literally.

    Being paid to produce art does not taint your work. I like to recall a story about Pablo Picasso. He is reported to have been approached in a Paris cafe by a woman who recognized him from his global media coverage. She told him how she greatly admired his work and then asked if he would sketch her. Picasso agreed and in short order produced a likeness of the woman. She then asked how much she owed him for the rendering and was shocked by the price he quoted. She proceeded to inform him it was an outrageous amount because it only took him a couple minutes to produce. Picasso explained that she was mistaken. It had taken him a lifetime of study and practice to be able to produce her likeness that quickly.

    Allison; never feel guilty about being paid what you are worth for delivering a performance. You have been training for most of your life span to master the art of storytelling. It enriches people lives. It does not detract from yours unless and until you decide you no longer want to be a master storyteller.

    Applause is an audiences way of saying “thank you”. The producer says thank you with a check. Accept payment with a smile and simply say “You’re welcome.”

  • tn_tank

    on July 3, 2009 at 7:22 am

    Art is just simply an outlet, a way of expressing yourself, your heart. mind and soul… and as for the money part, your getting paid for what you love doing-that’s a good thing 🙂

  • mtboy2000

    on July 9, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Allison, just by asking the question it shows you are committed to the arts. You’ve done a spectacular job creating and evolving Chloe on “Smallville”. By holding true to your art, your craft, in “Smallville” it allows you to branch out into new projects that you have a deep passion for. I’m sure the future will hold really good things for you!

  • Vondaz21

    on July 20, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Art is important because no one can tell you what to draw. In a portrait you can do anything from 100% natural to 1000% unnatural. When you draw for yourself you draw what’s in your heart, you take a piece of your soul and place it on a canvas. When you get paid to do art, your not doing it simply because you love it, even if you do love it. You have restrictions and requirements. Money does taint art but sometimes getting paid to draw is a good thing like an art team for an animation, that’s good art. I think that’s simply because they need a team though and the artist builds a bond. Personally I love to draw and I think once deadlines, rules, and restrictions get added into it, art isn’t art… it becomes work.

  • Jade Ruby

    on July 26, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Vondaz21 Says:
    “I think once deadlines, rules, and restrictions get added into it, art isn’t art… it becomes work.”

    That’s not true. It’s only ‘work’ when you begin to think of it as work. Deadlines, rules, and restrictions become part of the canvas you are using.

    I think animation is the prime example. When you are animating a film for a company, you learn to ‘stay within the lines’. And of course, the reason that the company hired you in the first place is because of your ability to create art.

  • artincircles

    on July 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Art. I wrote a poem once about what art means to me. I think art is the only medium I have to be who I really am, there are not masks or hidden messages with art. I love writing, a lot and I see my art as a door to my imagination. Italian writer Italo Calvino once said that our ability to imagine and create art was infinite even though our lives were finite. Everything goes when we create ideas and imagery within our minds, there are so many colours that only I can imagine and tastes and sounds only I know and I can write about them and truly be. So art is essential because it allows me to sort of write who I am. Nothing can render you more vulnerable and sort of paint your being as clearly as art does.

  • kalelseib98

    on August 25, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    I think that art, even though it can make money is always sujective. one person could look at a picaso and say it’s worth millions, but if the same person looks at some local artist and the picture is only worth a few dollars. So i guess that the art we do now is worth zero until we die then it could be worth millions, or at least that is how it looks in the realm of art. Nothing truely can be appreciated until many years have passed. and the funny thing is that sometimes our art of today is a better quality than back then.

  • sarahthelyd

    on September 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    “There’s something very perverse in me that loves trying to do the impossible and put things on the stage that are very hard to stage and that maybe people haven’t seen before. And I have this impulse to see how far the form can take me. Because I think of all the arts, the theatre is the most conservative, because you have that ghastly problem of having to sell all the tickets every night.” – tina howe, playwright

  • Isobella-Chloe

    on May 3, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Art, for me, is a way to express myself, take my emotions, and splatter them across a canvas. Weather it be a dinner plate, a blank sheet of paper, an outfit, a hairstyle, anything. Every day i choose to express myself, and that is what art is to me. Expressing yourself in your own dividual days. I know when i get upset, i express it. I may take a pencil to paper, or sit down, and type a story. Maybe sit outside, snap a few pictures, and be me. So, art’s important to me because, without it, i’d probably go insane! ;D love ya Allie, god bless (sorry if that’s offensive) and keep up your amazing blogging.

  • jondyeart

    on June 22, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Art is important to me because it allows me to express what I can not otherwise. Art’s purpose can be a simple as adding beauty to the world or as complex as attempting to reconciles the paradoxes of existence. Art is best when it is motivated by a truth. I have always feared money too. It seems hard to be stay honest when money changes hands. You’re truth becomes someone else’s property.

    But I also realize that what makes someone an artist is creating art. What makes someone a professional artist is making a living as an artist. Balancing the confilct is part of the challenge. I just hope I pass the test more often than not.

  • darcycsa

    on August 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I think this question can be answer with another: why the art exist? Art is universal as culture expression/pratice, however, doesn’t have same meaning in differents culture. If art is a concept, its problably that is not universal. I can saw an paint and has an artistic function to me but someone can’t give the same intention. But, I will try to be more specific with your orignal comment. When money has envolved in art creation, will not be a problem, when the artist has skill to make it. I’m not envolved with movie/tv industry, but I think in this case, much money can be envolved, and sometimes doesn’t make easy work with. But art is not inspiration. Needs to be a fusion of mind and emotion.Can it be only logical to make art? Yes, I think so, but in a elementary level. When the artist is developing his pratice, it will be necessary to discover a emotion logic to make an authentic art.

  • Anonymous

    on October 25, 2011 at 1:19 am

    art is important because it reflects your thoughts, what you are feeling, it reflects you; art.. well you are art so art is important because is a way of expressing ourselves more deeper than just with words, more correctly than anything. art is the most important thing humans can do.

    ps: sorry if you don’t understand that well, is that i’m from Colombia and well my english is kind of well..not that good.

    PS2: Allison like i think everyone and this isn’t knew, either i think you won’t read this, i would like to thank you for all the things you write they really touch people’s life and is important for you to continue doing it because it gives strength to more people than you realize, love everything you post, love the person you are and hope to be one day even a little part of the great person you are.