Old Navy recently found themselves in a bit of hot water when they ran a promotion for some children’s t-shirts that stirred the artist community and others. The campaign basically stated that children should not be artist and should aspire to be president or an astronaut. Below are the t-shirts in question.
This went viral on social media and Facebook and finally made it to TV News. Old Navy has since made an apology and have taken the shirts off the shelves in their stores.
This touches me personally because I grew up in an era where being an artist was frowned upon and my parents would not encourage my artistic ability when I was young….by saying things like “Artists are lazy and make no money!” Therefore, I did not follow my dream until later in life when I had the opportunity to explore my passions and talents.
This marketing idea blew up and many artist were furious. One artist friend made his own shirt in answer to Old Navy.
DOING THE RIGHT THING!
I am thankful that Old Navy decided to do the right thing and pull these shirts from their shelves and state their apology. Here are some thoughts for us all to consider in regard to picking art as profession or even as a hobby and one that the artists Old Navy and the Executive geniuses at Old Navy did not consider…
EINSTEIN SAID IT BEST
“After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest scientists are artists as well. (Albert Einstein)” ”I’ve long taken issue with the false dichotomy presumed to exist between art and science.- To me, creativity is something we are all born with, and it either gets encouraged or stamped on. Either way, creativity is vital to progress in all human fields.” Gary Johnstone, (The Producer’s Story: Why Einstein Was Like Picasso , http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/einstein/producer.html)
Old Navy and others – Stop telling young people that aspiring to be an artist is a mistake.
What are your thoughts on this controversy and what do you think we should do to encourage our young people to chose the arts, if that is their passion? Would love to hear a squawk back on this subject in the comments below. Follow me @Faybecca! Have a wonderful week…paint on!