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Question 17: In your opinion, how could society provide better support for the dissemination and the development of visual arts?
I think one of the things would be to include it in the school curriculum. I think it’s important for school children to know art. So that they may see art, later in life, and recognize that it’s a field that is always changing. That art is not something that stands still. What is really too bad is when people assert that the greatest artists that ever lived are Michelangelo, Raphael and Da Vinci. They go into a gallery and expect to see them again, but they’re not there. So that’s a real problem. If you could educate people to the fact that art is always changing, that it’s a field where people are always questioning themselves, it would be an enormous help. The other thing, of course is to ensure material survival of art, and that means art funding. I think that it’s a lot more rewarding for an artist to sell a painting than to get a grant or a scholarship. If the artist sells a piece, it’s very gratifying, it means that someone has forked over money, someone has bought a piece of theirs. There could be more help in that way. Of course, as well as everything else, we are shifting the problem to the state, saying that the state is charged with settling it, while all along it’s an individual problem. I think that every single one of us should consider art as important and start investing, beyond money: not just buying a piece of art for 20 dollars and selling it for 4,000, but investment in the sense that you’re investing in a piece of consciousness, you’re investing in future development, investing in a society. I think that art is very important in the way that it defines our identity, it makes up our heritage, Whenever you look at what happened in the past, it’s always… be it a building, be it a sculpture, a painting or a written piece, it’s something that allows you to say, Yes it’s true, in the 19th century, the Acadians lived this way, because we have letters from the time, because there were people who left things behind, and I think this is also important.