Access for practice

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Assembling ideas to make something out of nothing is a practice that can seem mysterious to many of us. The inclination to do so as a way of life is a character trait that is respected in some cultures more than others. In prosperous countries, there are more opportunities for practitioners than there are in those that are not so affluent.

Even so, the world of arts and creativity can be a closed shop even in those well to do settings. Many successful artists were born into families of practitioners. What does the world miss out on when expressive souls are restricted, due to a lack of access in their communities?

Another issue to contend with is the outlets for the work to be seen, heard and appreciated. Sometimes a person has a vision or can hear things in ways that are not compatible with the demand of the available pathways. A progressive development of recent times is the emergence of technology that enables anyone to create, express and share things on purely personal terms.

Happily, many of us can create work and put it out for public consumption without having to negotiate with gatekeepers nowadays. Due to a form of Stockholm syndrome, it takes a while for an experienced artist to wean his or her self off the restrictive mindsets of the past, however.

At last, people are realising that the crumbling of the old systems which promised vast rewards for a very select few is an opportunity for a wider variety of creative souls to gain access to public spaces, expressing their unique ideas in ways that suit them the most.