Young At Art

The true cost of small town art


Ryan Clulow, Contributor

In heavily populated areas, art culture occurs more organically, as cities provide a higher demand for art, potential for collaboration, and a broader range of backgrounds, all characteristics often found to be deficits in small towns. These deficits present a uniquely challenging set of obstacles for young artists, an already chronically underrepresented group within the art community. Unique to other small towns, Columbus has a long-standing art background, equipping it with a strong understanding of art’s importance and established avenues for artistic expression. However, these long-standing avenues are not effectively accessible to young artists and building a relationship between a community and its creative youth should be prioritized. The creative empowerment of the nation’s youth is already recognized as an important task by many prominent art organizations. In their efforts, many of them come to find it requires a unique set of solutions to properly support youth. These different strategies respond to problems that arise while artists begin to cross the threshold of amateur artistry, which include a lack of resources, lack of artistic platforms, and a wide array of different barriers. For towns like Columbus, young creative empowerment would require a substantial effort from the community and the locality itself. But the benefits that would come as a result, would strengthen the fabric of the community identity, grow the potential of the youth, and present a myriad of opportunities for all members of the community.