Toni Morrison

I am an artist.

We need artists now more than ever as the dawn of a new presidential term is upon us. Remember to own your profession – this important identity – since your job is to process your world for your audience. Your job is to bring us the opportunity to experience something outside of our everyday lives. Your job is to give us something to think about. Your job is very important.

Your work does not necessarily have to be political to make an impact. Nor does it have to be your full-time profession. If you identify as an artist, say it.

I am an artist.

Change, compassion, awareness, beauty, cathartic experiences, togetherness, anger, confusion, meditation... all of this and more is our job to convey. Thank you, artists. Let's get to work.

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