Universally, art is invaluable to the human experience. Those who partake in it are changed and transformed by it; those who watch it and study it learn so much about life through the eyes of others. People were designed to enjoy creativity. Creativity is broad, too. You might think that just because you don’t know how to draw you’re not a creative person and you can’t love art, but you’d be wrong.
Anything that allows a person to express themselves is art. That means that if get enjoyment out of organizing things and other people can look at your ability to compartmentalize things and get something out of it, that’s your art. There are many reasons people don’t embrace art in their lives the way they should. Mostly, it can be linked to connection-to having the ability to share a moment with something and learn from it, but another reason people don’t get their fill of art is because it can be expensive.
If you’re in the latter boat, here are 2 ways to get your fill of great art without blowing the budget:
View Art Through Free Formats
While artists deserve to get paid for their work, many artists just want people to see what it is they’re doing. If you want to have more are in your life but don’t want to pay money for it, find the free formats. View it through Youtube and other online platforms. If a museum is offering a day where entrance is free, take advantage of it. People understand that art benefits all, so they do what they can to make it accessible to everybody. All you have to do is take up the opportunity.
Volunteer to Help
Once you’ve gotten your fill of art that is viewable from the internet and you want to expand to seeing it in person, think about volunteering to help in places that need it in exchange for free admission to events or exhibits. Many artists are activists for different causes. If you show up and you say that you want to help, people will be more than willing to receive your help and they might just give you sneak peaks or inside looks what they’re creating in return.
If you’re into theatre, there are multiple places that take volunteers to help usher or sell concessions in exchange for a ticket to the show. If you explore your options and make yourself available to help where it’s needed, you’ll be amazed at the kind of art you’ll be able to experience at no cost to you but maybe a couple hours of your time.
So while artists do deserve to get paid for their art and your price of admission or your 99 cents for a download goes to help them put food on the table, if you absolutely can’t afford to pay to see art, there are ways to see it without blowing the budget. Get out there and be impacted.