Are You Serious?
02/05/2010 § 12 Comments
in this new york daily news article, they document the story of Alexa Gonzalez, a 12 YEAR OLD GIRL who was handcuffed and arrested for drawing on her desk. SERIOUSLY? she is serving 8 hours community service, suspended from school, and has to write an essay on what she learned from it all.
She is repentant, but hasn’t done anything wrong. Her essay should include something like “creativity is not a crime”. I was so offended by reading about this. Obviously, most people are, as 60 something percent of people polled thought the correct punishment was have the kid wash it off and thats it. This might be an isolated incident, but people’s disgust shouldn’t be limited to it.
This youtube video has gotten pretty popular, but if you haven’t seen it, go ahead and watch.
this kid got 8 YEARS in prison for graffiti. when he gets out, he’ll be an adult, but will have learned nothing about the adult world having been stuck in a cell with hard criminals for almost a third of his life. (I’ve heard his sentence was reduced to 2 years and probation/comm service, but still absurd.)
Art isn’t contained to galleries and museums. I would venture to say I’ve seen better art on apartment walls, street signs, and back alleys than in most of the museums I’ve been in.
I encourage you to draw on your desk. Go home and draw in your notebook. Draw on a canvas, Draw on abandoned buildings, Draw on the sidewalk, anywhere. If you think you aren’t good at drawing, do it anyways. If you take pictures there are one or two ways of displaying them…
Everyone has something worth saying or showing, so do it. Just don’t get caught by people that want to suppress your imagination, or you could be taken out of your elementary school in handcuffs.