So, are you all seeing a change in employment for artists? My first impression is, no, because so few artists are employed in Oklahoma... but maybe I'm wrong-- are economic concerns limiting commissions? teaching jobs? etc. Let us know your perspective.
Reprinted from the Americans for the Arts Cultural Policy Listserve:
Artists are losing jobs fast and furiously Los Angeles Times, 3/4/2009 "The country's dire economic situation is hitting artists hard -- harder than other professionals. According to new research announced today by the National Endowment for the Arts, working artists are unemployed at a higher rate than other workers, and at a rate that is rising more rapidly than other professions. . . . Artists are unemployed at twice the rate of professional workers, a category in which artists are grouped because of their high levels of education." http://www.mmsend2.com/ls.cfm?r=9185151&sid=6092374&m=684144&u=ArtsUSA&s=http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/culturemonster/2009/03/artists-are-los.html