gRAPHICaNATOMY

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

 

Walmart museum

If you haven't heard Alice Walton of the Walton family opened her own museum. And like all things WalMartian, there's controversy.
Is it bad to open a museum? Usually not. It's what wealthy people do. We have the Carnegie, and the Frick today because of grossly rich families in the past. But the timing could have been a bit better for the Waltons.
See, at the same time the museum opened, WalMart decided that health care was just too frivolous and pricey.
How do you tell your employees they have to sacrifice for the company while spending $1.4 Billion on an art museum?
Yes the art's are important, but most people don't see that. Most people see the arts as a plaything of the rich and elite.
And honestly, this does nothing to fix that preconception.
That's HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of working people who will need to apply for 2nd and/or third jobs to make ends meet.
HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of working people who will need to apply for food stamps and medicaid and public assistance to get by. When will these ever have the time to visit the museum to have their spirits uplifted above the sound of their empty stomachs?

No seriously, someone explain to me how your private art collection helps sick people who wan't be able to get treatment?
The Arts CAN help people, all people, even the unwashed huddled masses.... but not this way.
Grass roots organizations are doing more to bring about awareness and change to the lower class living conditions.
Justseeds.org is doing more on its shoestring budget than Crystal Bridges $1.4 billion.
Street Graffitti does more good than Crystal Bridges.
The occupy art movement is doing more.
Twitter's @The_Activists is doing more. ( http://theactivists.wordpress.com/)
YOU can do more to actually help people with your art.

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