Steven Tepper, Keynote Address, 2007 Society for the Arts in Healthcare Annual Conference
Throughout the 20th century, the arts moved from the home and hearth to museums, symphony halls, television screens and sound recordings. They became professionalized and commodified. In the process, we lost our “back stage” access to creativity. Art products and presentations were available to us in their final, polished form. We were expected to admire and celebrate their perfection and virtuosity, but we were not allowed to peek in on the process. Today, I want to argue that a particularly powerful form of public art is one that allows the public to look over the shoulders of artists as they work – to witness creativity unfolding. Healing is a creative process; it doesn’t just happen. The same is true of any artistic creation. And so, we must try to connect the two more forcefully and envision a new public art.
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