By: Catherine Watts

As recently as 2014, all of the top 100 pieces of art sold at auctions were created by men. And guess what else? That year, there were no women artists represented in the top 40 Billboard charts. Women were underrepresented among museum directors. Also, filling just 24 percent of the jobs and making a paltry 71 cents for every dollar their male counterparts brought in.

But the problem goes much deeper than that. There’s not just sexism in the arts, but racism and ageism as well. Let’s take a look at what discrimination in the arts means for artists today.

How Discrimination Affects the Arts – And You

Besides that, the many psychological impacts discrimination can have upon individuals, there are hard-and-fast ways that discrimination can affect your art business.

Here are just a few:

  • Limited employment opportunities
  • Underrepresentation in shows, galleries, auctions, and magazines
  • Lower pay
  • Fewer opportunities for roles (in theaters, television, local theaters, etc.)
  • Harassment
  • Victimization

In addition to these the problems of depression and real-world illnesses that research shows are worsen by racism and other forms of discrimination, and you have something that can enormously impact your work and your health.

What You Can Do to Prevent Discrimination in the Arts

There’s a lot you can do to make a difference in the art world regarding discrimination. Just look at the impact the Guerrilla Girls have had with their senses of humor and outrageous antics.

If you’re a member of an underrepresented group, don’t censor the parts of your art that you think aren’t “mainstream” enough. Use them to educate others about your unique abilities and perspectives.

If you’re a member of a majority group, make it your business to seek out artists from other groups for art collab projects. this will also help to share marketing and art collaboration ideas to foster a community of mutual support.

Importantly, get out there and meet and share ideas and strategies with artists of all backgrounds. Our Multi-faced site will provide the kind of career and creativity nurturing space. If you want to get in touch with the widest variety of artists, this is the place to be!

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