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The Myth of "The Starving Artist”

Provost Randall Lavender Weighs In on KPCC Panel
KPCC, Southern California Public Radio

Reprinted from KPCC, Southern California Public Radio 

"On Wednesday, March 29, KPCC arts education reporter Priska Neely hosted a discussion on the realities and myths of building a career in the arts. Neely was joined by Justice Design Group creative director Adrianna Alise Arambula, Otis College of Art and Design provost Randall Lavender and author and Music Center president Rachel Moore. Together, Priska Neely and her guests examined the myth of “the starving artist,” that is, whether it is true that careers in the arts are never lucrative and, if not, what factors contribute to this assumption. The panelists spoke about their own journeys towards sustainable artistic careers and worked to paint a realistic picture of what it takes to use art to make a living. The event took place in the heart of the North Hollywood arts district at The Penthouse of NoHo.

Each of the guests at this event had a different artistic background and perspective. Adrianna Alise Arambula, who studied architecture and now works in residential and decorative lighting design, spoke about putting artistic training to work in non-conventional ways. Randall Lavender, who is a visual artist, spoke about how the Otis College of Art and Design works to prepare young artists to endure creative careers and about its research on the creative economy. Rachel Moore, a dancer turned arts administrator, spoke about the advice she gives in her recently published book, The Artist’s Compass.


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