In his commencement speech for the University of the Arts graduating class of 2012, Neil Gaiman quite famously states, “Make good art.” Good art has a way of connecting people in ways nothing else can, and I hope to connect people with my art someday.
Our world is getting bigger and bigger. There are more people to meet and places to experience than ever before. Companies, governments, and individuals all have to work together to create new ways of dealing with the world’s growing population. New ideas are constantly being created to better connect the people of this planet and to find more sustainable ways of living. This need for innovation is bringing people together in countless new ways.
This growth also requires the work of creative problem-solvers. As artists, we could create innovations that help the world find solutions to climate change, overpopulation, extinction of species and so much more. Already, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to attend a magnet high school for the arts. This fall, I will attend the fine arts school at my new university.
College will help me further develop my interests, experiences, and abilities, and studying abroad will provide global context for my art. Whether by making provocative films, or designing sustainable products, I want to “make good art”, and I do not plan on ever stopping.