The flyer is a fun paper and I love it!
I am all about fun and I am all about fluffy. I've done tons of free stuff, just for the joy of doing it.
And one reason I love the Flyer is because of it's great support of the arts in this city.
Elizabeth(in a much nicer way) and I were just pointing out a view point that perhaps you guys didn't realize.
Hopefully the point was taken, or at least it perhaps made you pause and think.
And maybe with me, you struck a bit more of a nerve...and I could not ignore it. Sorry 'bout that.
Good luck with your boxes . Hope you get some box-o-riffic ones!
And you continue the great editorials, good writing, and yes, striking some nerves, with your paper.
Happy New Year.
I agree with Elizabeth!
Shame on you Flyer.
Once again visual artists are treated as second class citizens.
If you needed your office painted, would you put out a call to all the professional painters out there to paint them for free, oh, but we'll buy the paint?
If all your copy machines needed repair would you put out a call to all repairmen and ask them to submit proposals on how well they could fix it in promise of one lucky person out of hundreds might get payed and get his picture in the paper?
Of course not!
Why I do love this paper..fair is fair guys. Hopefully this is misguided and they will perhaps trade free advertising for free advertising. Or flat out pay the artists for their work and time.
Public art is great! It makes a city better.
Here are some thoughts:
Perhaps do not do all the boxes at once, and just hire the number of artists that you can afford to pay..
Perhaps get businesses to sponsor the boxes.
You will be happy Flyer, because you will have awesome beautiful pieces of art and advertisement to promote your paper! You pay, and you get great quality.
And you can feel good about yourself and what I thought this paper believed in.
I would rethink this whole thing.
There has to be a better solution.
And artists, I encourage you to be selective. If you let businesses take advantage of you it hurts all of us.
You are valuable. You are talented.
And Flyer, I feel like you are going to do the right thing.
Mary Cour Burrows
By Leonard Gill
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