- April 27, 2020
Reaction Artists in Society
Artists offer ought to play a greater role in society than justproducing artworks for the enjoyment of the masses. Ideally, theyshould motivate other aspiring artists and young people in differentways and employ their creative minds to address and solve everydayissues. They also have a role to play as members of the moderndiversified societies and enrich them. One such accomplished artistis Marissa Wolf, the artistic director of Crowded Fire Theater. Inher speech on the role of artists in society, she says that artistshave to develop relevant themes and ideas creatively to enrich lives.
Marissa believes that artists have a duty to keep the public informedand entertained through art. She argues that theater as part of arthas been one of the greatest social drivers since the history ofhumanity that disrupt the systemic way of thinking and provokes newmethods of reasoning. These artists have played a great role inentertaining, informing, motivating or even challenging peopletowards a course doing things. It is a known fact that the theaterplayed a great role in ancient kingdoms where artists entertainedkings and their noblemen at the courts. With their proximity topower, artists have unique opportunities to influence decision-makingand even provoke certain thoughts within the leadership and thepublic. Thus, in line with the history of art, artists producing workmust have a particular conception of an idea of their work that goesdeep and shifts the way of seeing things as posed to mirroring theobvious. Again, the message being put across or the entertainmentworth must and have a moral value, and a cultural framework.
Through their work, artists have a huge role as public figures.Marissa says that in the field of theater, directors of new playshave a significant role to framing new untested ideas. They have theoverall control on how the message or the intentions of a playwrightare put across and deviate from the obvious presented by mainstreammedia. Thus, they must incorporate their individuality and theirethical role in the play. Thus to Marissa, the process of beingsocially responsible starts with thinking through the project beforestarting incorporating relevant themes and experiences. The motivesshould also be clear. History has shown that some artists can includehidden messages in their work that can have far reachingimplications. The artists noted this aspect as the highlight of anartist freedom.
Historically, artists have used their work for social and politicalactivism. Marissa indicates that in the modern world where there isample democratic space, artists are at an even greater stage ininfluencing social and political policies in society. In my mind, theissue of LGBTs crossed my mind given that many films and plays thatcovered this topic a few years ago were given mixed reactions as thesociety was not entirely open to the issue. However, artists playedtheir unique role in different ways.
Looking at myself and my career in art, I believe that I can drivesocial and political change. The first thing I would encourage inothers is to understand audiences and societies that we live verywell. Extremist views such as the Charlie Hebdo case where acartoonist`s depiction of Allah caused extremist reactions that ledto deaths, I believe it is important to be responsible and avoidproviding others. Art is powerful, and that power can be eitherpositive or negative. Thus, it is the prerogative of individualartists to make sure that their work impacts society positively byfirst understanding culture and assessing what benefits it.
All in all, it is clear that artists in theater must possess thededication and commitment to the filed. They must understand theirrole in society. For the time being, it is clear that the creativityof artists is needed to address social challenges. Again, they canplay a role in creating awareness and influencing policies. This way,they provide more than society and also enhance communities.