Why It’s Still Great to Be An Artist in the Bay Area
by Rick Kitagawa
“The Bay Area is a beautiful place to live. We have awesome weather, great beaches, scenic hikes, and amazing architecture. As an artist, how can you not be inspired by what’s around us? However, with all the media attention on the rising cost of living here, it can seem like there are fewer and fewer reasons for artists to hang around.
On top of the soaring prices of real estate, rent, and the overall cost of living in the Bay, we also live in a society that doesn’t always value art and creatives. As one of the few industries that has design contests (don’t you wish you could get care from three different hospitals and then decide who should get paid?), design tests (I guess resumes and portfolios aren’t good enough), and constant requests for free work (although “it’ll be great promotion”), artists and creatives especially get squeezed in times of tight wallets. Throw in decreased budgets for art non-profits, mix in some galleries and art spaces muscled out due to rent raises and you have a recipe for more and more artists moving away…” to read the full article, download the free eCopy of SEARCH Magazine‘s Fall Issue.