Ivy’s post ‘Let’s face it, your art degree is going to get you nowhere.‘ was one of the better things I’ve clicked on amongst the trash that floods my Facebook feed. The title is click bait, and a clever one at that. Being an avid enthusiast of all things art and creativity (just to point out the obvious), the title of the post immediately intrigued me. To my relief, she was just satirically mocking the federal government’s recent decision to cut funding for creative courses.
“Imagine a world where we can no longer study these things; we’ll no longer have to relocate to Mars, the world would be a euphoric utopia.”
Drawing on inspiration from poet Cy Ferguson’s “Art major v Derrick”, Ivy’s post is downright hilarious yet scarily accurate. This powerful piece of writing really exemplifies how much of an imbecile Simon Birmingham is, the Minister of Education and Training, who thought it would be a great idea to cut the funding. The post includes a hypothetical future in which art students no longer exist, centred on a man called Barry and his boring, beige, and empty life.
(Barry) “makes his way to Barbra’s beige apartment with a bunch of flowers to ensure a good impression. Oh, no, wait, we cut funding for floristry design. But that’s okay! It’s fine, Barry has a brilliant plan for tonight. They’re going to watch the ballet. Actually, no not the ballet, funding for that was cut. Actually not any kind of dance, funding was cut for that too.”
Art students, in absolutely any form, are something special. It takes huge commitment and passion to enter a field that gives no guarantees or job promises at the end of years of study. The creations of art students; music, jewellery, poetry, books, performances, film, fashion, and countless others, aren’t absolutely necessary to human survival, but it’s these things that add colour to our life.
In the words of Robin Williams, one of the greatest people to have ever lived;
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is full of passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain human life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”
Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society
Ivy’s co-blog with her younger sister Elsa offers insightful perspectives on important world issues, such as ISIS and environmental waste, and it’s refreshing to see young people tackling the topics that many of us ignore. They also have a lot of creative content, and their fashion, style and general aesthetic is stunning. If you want to traverse through their website (trust me you won’t regret it), visit poisonandice.com.
If you want to see a full list of the cuts to creative courses, click here.
Stay rad, stay creative, and never lose your “little spark of madness”.